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Rockies Spring Training 2012: Jason Giambi Can Expect 35 Starts, According To Jim Tracy

Jason Giambi, age 41, played in just 64 games during the 2011 season for the Colorado Rockies, down 23 games from his 2010 season. A stint on the disabled list in July caused him to miss some opportunities (and possibly even a trade out of Colorado). But Giambi is back once again, and he should be ready for more time in the field this season, reports the Denver Post's Troy Renck.

Manager Jim Tracy wants to see Giambi start 35 games this season and to also use him as a pinch hitter earlier in games. Giambi started 35 games at first base during the 2010 season, which should be attainable once again. Giambi is a career .254/.375/.492 hitter with 21 home runs for the Rockies.

Giambi won't be the only one who will spell Todd Helton at first base. Michael Cuddyer, slated to start in right field, is expected to also receive playing time at first base.

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