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Jim Thome on the verge of rejoining Orioles

Sep 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jim Thome continues to make progress in his recovery from a herniated disk in his neck and could be back in the Orioles’ lineup within a week, according to manager Buck Showalter.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Thome took a handful of at-bats in a simulated game yesterday “and experienced no pain.” He’ll take more at-bats in simulated and instructional league games today and tomorrow, at which point the 40-year-old designated hitter could be cleared to return.

At the very least Thome would give the Orioles a nice late-inning option off the bench, but with Nick Markakis and Wilson Betemit both injured Showalter could also turn to him as the regular DH to add some left-handed pop to the lineup.

  1. Lukehart80 - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Of all the things that COULD happen over the rest of the baseball season, seeing Jim Thome hit a game winning home run in the playoffs would probably make me the happiest.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Especially if it eliminates the Yankees!

  2. randomdigits - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Good to see. A player like that shouldn’t finish his career on the disabled list.

  3. mungman69 - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    You go Jim.

  4. kevinleaptrot - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Give me a Beltway Series! Orioles vs. Nationals! Please!

  5. rockthered1286 - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Thome as an everyday DH would be fantastic right now. Not to say we’re not getting production out of the spot right now, but the respect he earns from pitchers would truly make a difference in the lineup.

    Worst case scenario? Davis to DH and put Hoes in the lineup! (I know it’s highly unlikely considering our position in the standings and not wanting to put a rook out there unless it’s a must, but LJ is an exciting player I cannot wait to see him get some starts, hopefully next season).

  6. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    It will be great to see Joltin’ Jim back on the diamond. He’s been a fine gentleman and an asset to the game his entire career.

  7. flavadave10 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    On a side note, who wins a race around the bases: Matt Wieters, Benji Molina, or Jim Thome?

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