(NEW YORK) — Slugger Jim Thome has played in just 18 games with the Baltimore Orioles this season and that might be it as the team placed Thome on the disabled list thanks to a herniated disk in his neck.
The 41-year-old is at least 30 days away from resuming baseball activities and will be 42 by the beginning of September. After a 21-year career, Thome is unsure what the future holds.
“I don’t want to say yes, no. But you know what? This maybe changes my thinking a little bit,” Thome told the Baltimore Sun. “Maybe I do want to play a little 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.”
Thome was acquired by the Orioles in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the season. Despite limited at-bats, Thome remained a productive player. In 48 games played, Thome had seven home runs with 21 RBIs and hit .252.
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