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Jim Thome out another month, may not play again this year

Aug 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Jim Thome is on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck and the 41-year-old designated hitter has been told that he’s at least 30 days from being cleared for baseball activities.

That means a mid-September return is now the best-case scenario and not playing again this season is a very real possibility. And with his 42nd birthday later this month that means not playing again, period, is also a very real possibility.

Thome has yet to say whether he plans to continue playing next season, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun thinks he dropped some pretty strong hints about continuing his Hall of Fame career within these quotes:

I don’t want to say yes, no. But you know what? This maybe changes my thinking a little bit. Maybe I do want to play a little bit longer. Again, I am trying to get back. I am not worried about next year. I think I’m trying to focus on this year, try to do the best to get back as quick as I can and to help us maybe accomplish and reach some special things here toward the end of September, through October. We’ll come to that once that time frame hits.

In other words, Thome doesn’t want to go out on the disabled list. And he remains an effective hitter, at least on a part-time basis, posting a .797 OPS in 150 plate appearances between the Phillies and Orioles.

  1. willclarkgameface - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Thome shouldn’t have signed with the Phillies this year. Well, even the first time around for that matter, but whatever.

    He should get healthy, come back next year, and be the DH for a team looking for one like the Red Sox.

  2. bigharold - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Thome should come back next year with the Yankees.

    This DH by committee thing that they’ve been doing the last couple of years is sort of working but enough is enough. Thome’s swing would be great in Yankees stadium.

    I’ve always liked Thome, .. is it showing??

  3. spudatx - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Career plan for 2013: Retire.

    We loved watching you hit home runs, Jim, but your need for rest and stints on the DL are not MLB roster friendly.

  4. sharky690 - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    I’d love it if Jim would come back & resign with the Cleveland Indians so he could retire with the Tribe, after all that’s where his main body of work started & would be fitting!

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