Jim Thome: “I’m not retired”

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I’m not dead. I’m not. I’m getting better. I don’t want to go on the cart. I feel fine. I think I’ll go for a walk. I feel happy. I feel happy:

“I’m not retired,” the 42-year-old slugger said with a laugh. “If someone wants me to play, I’d consider it for sure. I feel good. If I didn’t feel good, I wouldn’t even consider it. But I feel good. I’d like to play.”

That’s from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, who caught up with Thome after a “strenuous workout.”  Thome’s workout, not Salisbury’s.

Thome is realistic: he knows it’s pretty much DH or bust, though he’d listen if an NL team called. And he’s at peace if no one calls.

Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees

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The Baltimore Orioles have claimed utilityman Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees.

Peterson has played in three games this season and has been DFA’d twice. He had no place to play in New York but perhaps the O’s can use his versatility. While mostly a second baseman in his career he’s appeared at every position except pitcher and catcher at some point along the way, and that’s useful. More useful for a team that isn’t going anyplace like Baltimore, I presume. Saves ’em on gas money from Norfolk when someone gets an owie.

To make room for Peterson the O’s moved Gabriel Ynoa, who is suffering from shoulder inflammation, from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Ynoa has yet to appear in a game this season.