The big news coming out of
Thome, who hasn't played since July 27 due to a herniated disk in his neck, was initially told by doctors that he needed to rest for 30 days, meaning he wouldn't be able to begin any baseball activities until September.
"That was as much to slow him down," Showalter said of the initial 30-day prognosis. "He still has got some bulging disk there, but the inflammation has calmed down so he is going to go down [to Sarasota] and, in the next three or four days, if he doesn't have any problems, I'm going to feel pretty confident about getting him back."
Showalter said the 41-year-old Thome will be able to swing a bat and hit off a tee and could get some game-type action in Sarasota. Although no timetable is set, Thome could go on a minor-league rehab assignment to one of the
"He's feeling good. He talked to the doctor and he is a little ahead of schedule. We'll see how the next couple days go," Showalter said "Let's take it day-to-day, I don't want him to think about going to Aberdeen or Frederick. If we did it, it would be at a high level."
Thome hit .261 with two homers in 18 games for the Orioles after being acquired from the
The news wasn’t as good concerning lefty
"Talking to Richie, right now it is pretty iffy if Patton makes the DL time," Showalter said. "He is still pretty sore and swollen."
In other injury news,
hopes to take fielding practice off a mound Tuesday – the first time he has done that since his knee surgery. And