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Jim Thome not ready to return, “still having some issues”

Jun 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Jim Thome was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but instead the 40-year-old designated hitter will likely remain on the sidelines through at least the weekend with his back and quadriceps injuries.

Ron Gardenhire told 1500-ESPN that Thome “is still having some issues” while rehabbing at extended spring training in Florida.

He’s been out since June 1 and received a cortisone injection for his back on June 10. With the Twins playing in Milwaukee this weekend there’s no rush to bring Thome back as a pinch-hitter, but they start a nine-game homestand Monday.

  1. purdueman - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    “The old gray mare just ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be!”

    Thome reminds me of a less pathetic Fred Mc Stiff. Mc Stiff refused to retire because he was only 7 career home runs away from 500 and had deluded himself into thinking that that would punch his hall of fame ticket, but he was finally given a wedgie and shown the door.

    Thome of course IS a future hall of famer, but like Mc Stiff he’s also 7 career home runs away from 600, but it’s clear it’s time for the Twins to put Big Jim out of his misery and DFA him as well.

    • Joe - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      Thome had a 1.039 OPS last year. He killed the ball. And you think he came back because he’s trying to get to 600 HRs? Maybe he came back because he can still play.

      In his limited time this year he’s got an .820 OPS, which isn’t up to his normal standards, but it is tied with Kubel for the best on the team.

  2. AK47 - Jun 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Where’ve you been man? While it’s true that Jimbo is only a shadow of his former self, he proved last year that when injury-free, he can still produce, especially against right-handers. I don’t think Thome’s sole reason for playing is to get to 600 homeruns, I think he genuinely loves playing baseball and isn’t ready to retire until he truly can’t do it anymore. I think if he can get healthy, he deserves a role with the Twins and I believe he can contribute in a meaningful way.

    • minnesconsin - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      absolutely. especially if they find a way to compete for the division, he could play a meaningful role as DH or off the bench in September.

    • purdueman - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Last year is in the past. Thome’s a year older and now on the wrong side of 40 and in order to be effective he needs regular at bats and be able to stay injury free. With Morneau and Mauer both finally in the lineup, barring an injury if/when Thome rejoins the team he’ll be like a rusty gate. A rusty gate will still opened when pushed hard enough… just not all the time.

  3. jwbiii - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    And of course he was activated today. Which makes no sense, since the Twins are playing in Milwaukee. Rene Tosoni, the guy they sent down at least has some defensive value.

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