Thome happy to be back in Minnesota

Thome happy to be back in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Thome met with Minnesota reporters before the game at Target Field. Thome played with the Twins from 2010-11 before joining Cleveland late last season and Philadelphia this season.

Here are some highlights from his interview:

On if he misses getting regular at-bats playing in the National League: "I like to play. I'll be honest. I think that's always in you. I think it's fun. It's fun to go out and play, yes. I think the main thing is, right now, obviously we have about four or five more days here of Interleague. Focus in on that. As we talked before we left, get into a routine or a rhythm pinch-hitting, and try to do the best you can at that."

On what happens after Interleague: "I think as we go through this week, as this ends, I think that's something we'll sit down and talk about. I definitely want to sit down with Charlie [Manuel] at some point and really kind of go over that and see what the next phase of that is."

On his future: "I have to be honest, I do like to compete. I really do. I like to compete. I like to dig in that box. I like to work. I like to come to the ballpark. That I think is a tough part. I know I'm getting toward the end, but I can still go out and do it. That's what drives me to come back every year. It'll be interesting going forward here."