Jim Thome out another month, may not play again this year

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Jim Thome is on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck and the 41-year-old designated hitter has been told that he’s at least 30 days from being cleared for baseball activities.

That means a mid-September return is now the best-case scenario and not playing again this season is a very real possibility. And with his 42nd birthday later this month that means not playing again, period, is also a very real possibility.

Thome has yet to say whether he plans to continue playing next season, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun thinks he dropped some pretty strong hints about continuing his Hall of Fame career within these quotes:

I don’t want to say yes, no. But you know what? This maybe changes my thinking a little bit. Maybe I do want to play a little bit longer. Again, I am trying to get back. I am not worried about next year. I think I’m trying to focus on this year, try to do the best to get back as quick as I can and to help us maybe accomplish and reach some special things here toward the end of September, through October. We’ll come to that once that time frame hits.

In other words, Thome doesn’t want to go out on the disabled list. And he remains an effective hitter, at least on a part-time basis, posting a .797 OPS in 150 plate appearances between the Phillies and Orioles.

Red Sox announcer fell out of his chair on the Andrew Benintendi catch

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We already highlighted the greatness of the Andrew Benintendi catch which ended last night’s Game 4 between the Red Sox and the Astros. It was a stunning play. Both for Benintendi’s amazing athleticism and for the scouting, coaching and defensive positioning that went into making sure he was in a place where he could make that catch.

But Benintendi’s physical feat was not the only amazing one on the play. Someone else laid put physically on that play as well. It was WEEI radio announcer Joe Castiglione, who fell the heck right out of his chair while making the call.

Watch the play again because it’s a great play. But this time, listen too: