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Orioles “cautiously optimistic” about Jim Thome’s return

Sep 13, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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Baltimore losing Nick Markakis for the rest of the regular season was a big blow, but the Orioles may be adding a different strong left-handed bat to the lineup soon.

Roch Kubatko of reports that the Orioles are “cautiously optimistic” about Jim Thome being ready to return from a herniated disk in his neck during their upcoming road trip, which begins tomorrow and runs through September 23.

Thome has been out since late July, but has been swinging a bat without any problems since last week and posted a solid .797 OPS in 42 games before being shut down. As a part-time designated hitter and bat off the bench Thome could provide a nice little boost.

  1. rockthered1286 - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Hell. Yea. Jimmy.

  2. overheaddoor1981 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Hurry up Jim and get back

  3. watermelon1 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I don’t know why people are excited for this guy to be taking game action away from someone much more athletic, and much more valuable.

    This team is playing great. It would be a horrible move to take one of these younger guys out for someone who is basically only good for pinch hitting. And I’m not convinced he’s any more of a threat at the plate at this point in time than these other guys the Orioles have.

  4. rarson - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    He’s the DH, he replaces Betemit, who hits like shit off lefties anyway.

    • maximus929 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Thome’s a lefty too and probably doesn’t do well against them either and Betemit’s been very good for us all year against righties and he can play the field in a pinch.

  5. alexefernandez - Sep 14, 2012 at 2:52 AM

    With the game on the line, I’d much rather have Thome at the plate than say, Q.

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