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Jim Thome is heading to the DL

May 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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The Phillies beat the Braves without Jim Thome — and without an extra bat on the bench — last night.  But they decided today that they’re not going to keep trying to do that.  Thome was placed on the DL this morning with a bad back, which he tweaked while sliding into second base on Saturday.

Which just goes to show you: Jim Thome should not be sliding into second base under any circumstances. He should be mashing taters, trotting and giving out high fives. That’s all.

  1. leerosenthall - May 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Thome’s had a stellar career, but, seriously, what is he going to do for the Phils at this point? I’ve seen nothing to indicate he’s going to be this pinch-hitter extraordinaire. He’s just too old and beaten up.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      He’s just too old and beaten up.

      Looks to me like he fits in perfectly with the Phillies

      /ducks

  2. makeham98 - May 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Thome isn’t mobile enough to be a bench coach any more. Time to say goodnight, Jim.

    • phillyphreak - May 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Swing and a miss…..

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Get well soon, Thome. Keep playing your ass off.

  4. xmatt0926x - May 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    It wouldn’t shock me at all to see a mid-season retirement, if not sooner from Thome. Charlie Manuel has acknowledged that a guy like Thome needs consistent at bats to get going but he’ll never get that for the Phillies. If there was ever a time he would have it would be with the Howard injury but he still can’t get those at bats because he just can’t play the field more than a game here and there.

  5. spudatx - May 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    During his time in Minnesota, it became clear Thome wasn’t able to participate every day as a DH. I get the part about Jim wanting to collect the big paychecks while he still can, but were the Phillies hoping for more than to use him as a short-term gap fill and to put smiles on fan faces while they wait for Howard to come back? If not, a younger choice might have been better. Thome hasn’t been able to put much together at the plate while also taking on fielding duties this season.

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