August 7, 2009 / 7:49 PM / 10 years ago

Struggling Giambi released by the A's

Oakland Athletics' Jason Giambi hits a two-run home run, his second of the game, in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in an American League MLB baseball game in Oakland, California, May 9, 2009. REUTERS/Dino Vournas

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jason Giambi’s second stint with the Oakland Athletics ended abruptly when the struggling five-times All-Star was unconditionally released on Friday.

Giambi, 38, had been on the team’s disabled list since July 20 with a strained right quadriceps muscle. He was batting only .193 in 83 games this season with 11 home runs and 40 RBI.

"He struggled. That was the main reason for his release," general manager Billy Beane said on the team's website (

The left-hand hitting Giambi was one of the game’s top sluggers when he played with the A’s from 1995 to 2001.

He then signed with the New York Yankees, where he played for the next seven years before returning to the A’s prior to this season.

Giambi has a career .282 batting average with 407 home runs and 1,319 RBI. He was the American League’s MVP in 2000 for the A’s when he clubbed 43 homers and had 137 RBI.

Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Sonia Oxley

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