Thome, Martinez begin Minors rehabs

Thome, Martinez begin Minors rehabs

Thome, Martinez begin Minors rehabs
PHILADELPHIA --- First baseman Jim Thome and infielder Michael Martinez each got a hit in their first rehab games with Class A Clearwater on Friday night.

Thome went 1-for-3 with a walk and Martinez was 1-for-4 and scored a run.

It's possible that Thome, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 29 with a strained lower back, could rejoin the Phillies some time during their upcoming nine-game road trip against American League clubs. The Phillies play at the Orioles, Twins and Blue Jays from June 8-17. If he's ready by then, Thome could start as the designated hitter in some of those games.

"He's got a lot of at-bats down in extended spring [camp], done some simulated stuff," Amaro said. "I think it's realistic. If he doesn't have any setbacks. At least we're trying to target that time frame."

Amaro was non-committal when asked if Thome might get into games as a first baseman upon his return. Thome, who had just two hits in 18 at-bats in 2012, started at first four times before going on the DL.

"That's a good question," Amaro said. "I think probably putting him in a position would be a little risky. And obviously taking ground balls is tough [with his back injury]. I don't think he was very comfortable with that. But we'll see. We'll see how it progresses, see what happens. We want to get him on the field first and get him swinging the bat, and we'll kind of go from there."

Martinez, who has been on the DL since March 26 with a right foot fracture, was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 12.