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Orioles activate Jim Thome from the disabled list

Sep 21, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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It remains to be seen how much they’ll use him–or maybe more accurately how much his body will allow him to be used–but Jim Thome is off the disabled list and back on the Orioles’ active roster.

He’s been out since late July with a herniated disk in his neck and played just 18 games for the Orioles prior to being shut down. Combined between Philadelphia and Baltimore this season he’s hit .252 with seven homers and a .797 OPS in 48 games, which would be more than enough production to help an Orioles lineup that has lost Nick Markakis and Wilson Betemit.

He figures to be a part-time designated hitter and bench bat down the stretch and the 42-year-old could be headed back in the playoffs for the 10th time in his Hall of Fame career.

  1. pdowdy83 - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    This screams another Kirk Gibson in the world series scenario (not saying the Orioles will make the WS) but Thome comes off the bench in a playoff game and hits a big homer. Would be a fitting way for him to go out.

    • ptfu - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      That would be amazing. Imagine Big Jim walking into the batter’s box in some critical situation, late innings, runners on, etc. Does the pitcher really want to throw him a strike? Sure he could whiff, or he could launch one into orbit.

      Welcome back, Big Jim.

  2. rgledz - Sep 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Love this guy, he’s an all time great.

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