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Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with a benign tumor on July 30 and said he is on the road to recovery.

"It's been a pretty traumatic experience, for myself and my family," said Giambi, who would not go into details about the nature of the tumor or his treatment. Giambi is at the Yankees' training complex in Tampa and has begun workouts in an effort to regain his strength and get back into baseball shape. "I've finally gotten some clearance to start working out," Giambi added. "I'm excited because the last couple of weeks I was a lab rat. I'm excited to get some baseball activities and get back before the end of the year." Giambi hasn't played since July 23, but has had problems since late May. He was on the disabled list until early June with a sprained ankle, then was diagnosed with an intestinal parasite in late June. The parasite weakened Giambi to the point where he had trouble getting out of bed. He then underwent further tests, which eventually revealed the tumor. "When I was trying to battle through this and play, it was just taking its toll on me," said Giambi. The 33-year-old slugger has been struggling through the worst season of his career. He has played only 70 games and is batting just .221 with 11 homers and 36 runs batted in. "It got to the point where I wasn't helping the team at all," Giambi said. "I wasn't being the Jason Giambi that I can be. That's what the New York Yankees signed me to be and I want to be that guy." Tony Clark had replaced Giambi in the Yankee lineup during the former AL MVP's absence, but New York signed free agent John Olerud earlier this month once Giambi was diagnosed with the tumor.

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