posted on Mar, 6 2004 @ 03:12 PM
Phillies first baseman Jim Thome fractured the
middle finger on his right hand during fielding drills and probably will miss the remainder of spring training.Thome was injured Friday while taking
ground balls at the Phillies' spring-training facility. Other teammates were playing the Yankees in Tampa at the time.
The fracture was believed to be limited to the
tip of the finger. The length of time that he will be sidelined will depend on whether he needs a pin placed in his finger.Thome flew to Philadelphia
later Saturday to have the finger examined by a specialist. If all goes well he could make the Phillies's opening day game at Pittsburgh on April
5,but Phillies general manager Ed Wade said recovery time could be as long as six-to-eight weeks if Thome needs to have pins inserted to stabilize a
tendon.The 33-year-old first baseman was acquired last year during the offseason. Thome proved to be worth the money, hitting 47 home runs with 131
RBI and a .266 batting average.The Phillies have been hit by finger injuries this spring. Closer Billy Wagner hasn't thrown from the mound in nearly
two weeks because of an inflammation in the middle finger on his left hand.
[Edited on 6/3/04 by TRD]