View Full Version : Thomas not near being ready to return to big leagues

04-09-2005, 11:09 PM

Making the adjustment: Maybe Everett is the right person to help Frank Thomas fit into this current crew, once Thomas comes back from rehabilitating his surgically repaired left ankle. Then again, a 15-year veteran probably won't need much help.

But it doesn't sound as if Thomas is any closer to returning, or going off on a Minor League rehab assignment, for that matter. White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider termed Thomas' condition as "status quo" on Saturday and that he still hasn't made close to the necessary strides to break through the scar tissue in his left ankle or do the running needed to get him to the next step.

Schneider said that there are still confidence issues that Thomas is dealing with his ankle, although it has been six months since his surgery. Schneider also stated that Thomas' situation really hasn't changed much since he first arrived in Tucson -- he's hitting the ball with authority but not running.

Thomas has talked to the White Sox from extended Spring Training in Arizona during the season's opening week. While the players are focused on a few other things right now, Thomas has not been forgotten.

"He's doing what he has to do, and we are doing what we have to do here," said Everett of Thomas. "I'm quite sure that when he comes back, he's going to be a great part of this team.

"When he gets in, he has to fit into what's going on now. He will have to wean himself into what we are doing. That's why we have to keep him abreast. He's still part of the family, even though he's not here, and we have to be one unit and stick together."