Thome set to be tested at first base on Monday

Thome set to be tested at first base on Monday

Thome set to be tested at first base on Monday
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jim Thome has been asked countless times about his ability to play first base since he signed with the Phillies in November.

Every time, he has politely said he doesn't know until he gets a chance to play.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday that Thome will get his first shot in a Minor League Spring Training game Monday.

"Sammy [Sam Perlozzo] says Thome is moving around OK at first," Manuel said. "You can see he's played there before."

Manuel has said he hopes Thome can play 20 games at first base this season, but is there a chance for more?

"It'll maybe depend on how the lumber works," Manuel said.