Jim Thome not ready to return, “still having some issues”


Jim Thome was scheduled to come off the disabled list today, but instead the 40-year-old designated hitter will likely remain on the sidelines through at least the weekend with his back and quadriceps injuries.

Ron Gardenhire told 1500-ESPN that Thome “is still having some issues” while rehabbing at extended spring training in Florida.

He’s been out since June 1 and received a cortisone injection for his back on June 10. With the Twins playing in Milwaukee this weekend there’s no rush to bring Thome back as a pinch-hitter, but they start a nine-game homestand Monday.