Phillies Activate Thome

The Phillies have activated first baseman Jim Thome from the DL today. To make room for Thome, the Phils optioned infielder Pete Orr to Lehigh Valley.

Yesterday, Matt Gelb did a short post about Thome’s future with the Phillies this season. After the Phillies next two games against the Dodgers, they go on a nine-game road trip against American League teams.

That means the Phillies will use a designated for all nine of those games, giving Thome a spot in the lineup so he can strictly hit. While he was in Clearwater rehabbing, he was strictly a DH as his back couldn’t handle the strains while playing first base.

This leaves Thome’s future bleak for the Phils when they finish their nine-game trip. If Thome is swinging the bat well, maybe an adjustment to their top left-handed pinch hitter won’t be as rough as it has statistically been proven in Thome’s career.

This year, Thome is only 2-for-12, striking out 10 times and walking only three times.

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