Manager Terry Francona said Jason Giambi is on schedule to be activated for Tuesday night's game against the Yankees at Progressive Field.
Giambi, 42, opened the year on the disabled list with a convenient back injury that allowed the Indians to juggle the roster so Carlos Carrasco could serve his six-game suspension.
"I don't see any reason why Giambi won't be activated," said Francona.
Francona is studying the opposing starting pitchers in the days to come to find a good matchup for the left-handed hitting Giambi. The Indians open a 10-game homestand Monday with four games against the Yankees, three against the White Sox and three more against Boston.
He'd like to find a right-handed starter Giambi could face.
"The Yankees rotation is a little in flux," said Francona. "I'm trying to look ahead as much as I can at things like that, but it's probably easier to do after this series is over.
"I don't want him to sit a week after he gets activated. I want to get him in there just like I want to get everybody in there."