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Jim Thome plays five innings at first base, doesn’t fall apart

Mar 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Jim Thome hasn’t played an inning at first base since 2007, when he started one game for the White Sox, but yesterday the 41-year-old designated hitter played half a game there and managed to avoid any injuries.

He won’t be replacing Ryan Howard, but the Phillies are trying to at least prepare Thome for occasional duty at first base and so far he seems optimistic about his body holding up.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Thome will likely put a glove on again tomorrow or Wednesday and he’s been taking plenty of reps at first base in practice.

Last time he started more than a handful of games at first base in a season? Way back in 2005, which also happens to be the final year of his first go-around with the Phillies.

  1. pkswally024 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    If there is anyone who could pull this off it’s big Jim

    • b7p19 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      As long as “big Jim” doesn’t run into Slim again he’ll be alright.

  2. philsbirdsflyers - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    The epitome of a role model athlete. None better in all of MLB.

  3. kander013 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Twins Narrowly Avoid Tragedy: As Ryo Shinkawa has discovered, sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time. During Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Athletics, Jim Thome mistakenly used Tsuyoshi Nishioka’s interpreter as a bat.

    “LITTLE GUY’S STANDING NEXT TO THE BAT RACK AND OL’ JIMMER JUST GRABBED ‘EM,” explained Thome after the game.

    “SLAPPED SOME PINE TAR ON ‘EM AND DIDN’T NOTICE I HAD ‘EM BY THE ANKLES UNTIL BRESLOW SPUNNED THAT OL’ NASTY CURVE RIGHT BY OL’ JIMMER. HAVE TO TIP MY HAT TO THAT BRESLOW KID HE’S A GOOD PITCHER.”

    The Twins’ increased security around Jim Thome after an unfortunate April incident in which he mistook Matt Tolbert for a tongue depressor and used the utility infielder to clean mud from his cleats. Although Twins’ security failed to protect Nishioka’s interpreter on Sunday, Ryo Shinkawa remains unfazed.

    “I almost died, but it’s still better than hanging out with Kevin Slowey,” said Shinkawa.

    “Kevin keeps texting me to play bass in his Mr. Frogg tribute band. “I’ve never heard of them, and I don’t know how to play bass. I keep telling him that.”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/126591523.html

  4. rooney24 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I wish Jim the best of luck, as he seems like one of the good guys. But, the last two seasons, he couldn’t even DH more than 2-3 games back to back without needing to take a day or two off to rest his back. I would think playing even a little 1st base would be worse.

  5. mungman69 - Mar 27, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    The Phillies are hoping they can get about 5 innings out of him once a week.

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