He had just played five innings at first base in a Grapefruit League game against Baltimore, the first time he had played first in the big leagues since 2007 with the White Sox.
"The adrenaline was pretty awesome," said Thome, standing in front of his locker, wearing a red "Beast Mode" T-shirt. "I haven't had adrenaline like that in quite a while. Getting close to 600 [home runs]. But this was very, very good. Very good."
Thome had three putouts and was involved in a rundown play, but had no ground balls hit to him. Those might come next time. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Thome might play first base again Tuesday or Wednesday.
"It felt good to be back," Thome said. "The hard work we have been putting in the back field in what we're trying to accomplish here, moving forward with what we're trying to accomplish, it was great. And we have a lot more to do. By no means are we where we want to be. But we're headed in that direction. So hopefully we can continue the path, the program we've been on and keep it going.
"I think the main thing is my body has felt pretty good. That has been the big thing. I didn't really know going in how my body was going to feel as I got going. ... I played five innings today, so we've got more to do."