Giambi made an immediate impact upon his return on Saturday night, hitting a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning against the Padres before Dexter Fowler's grand slam that made it 9-1.
Giambi is back after five injury rehab appearances -- three at Double-A Tulsa and two at Triple-A Colorado Springs -- during which he hit .385 (5-for-13) with a double. Giambi said he relished the time at Tulsa, where many of the players were not much more than half his age."They wanted to hear all of the stories," Giambi said. "It was fun. It was fun to see them grind down there, to watch them play. "My energy level is back. I feel great. I played some first base. Whatever they want me to do here is fine with me. I know they're taking a lot of long looks at a lot of these guys." Giambi said he hopes to pass on the game to younger players, the way current Rockies hitting coach Carney Lansford, Mark McGwire and Terry Steinbach did for him when he broke in with the Athletics in the mid 1990s.
But Giambi wants to keep playing, as well. The opportunity might not be in Colorado, where he has been since late in the 2009 season, but he expects to be in uniform again in 2013."I would love to play if I can get a job, but that's kind of up to everybody else," said Giambi, who was hitting .241 with four doubles, a home run and eight RBIs in 47 games before going to the disabled list.