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GoSox2K3
01-03-2006, 07:46 PM
Reading the recent "Is Hermanson Healthy?" thread inspired me to ask this - what is the status of Jim Thome's back problems? Is there good reason to be optimistic that he'll fully recover to return to his old form of terrorizing pitchers?

What exactly is the nature of his back problem? Does he have a herniated disc like Crede and Hermanson?

I hope I don't get flamed here for asking this question. I'm just curious and I'm counting the winter days away until spring training starts. :smile:

repeat06
01-03-2006, 08:58 PM
His batting coach says hes in the best shape of his career.

Palehose13
01-03-2006, 10:02 PM
His batting coach says hes in the best shape of his career.

That's good to know. IIRC, his back hasn't been a major issue. Last year was his only year where he missed a ton of games and that was not because of his back (was it his elbow?).

1951Campbell
01-03-2006, 10:03 PM
That's good to know. IIRC, his back hasn't been a major issue. Last year was his only year where he missed a ton of games and that was not because of his back (was it his elbow?).

I thought he got hit in the hand with a pitch, breaking it.

Palehose13
01-03-2006, 10:05 PM
I thought he got hit in the hand with a pitch, breaking it.

Could be...I forgot, but I do know that it wasn't his back.

Flight #24
01-03-2006, 10:15 PM
He had back problems that hampered him the 2d half of '04, then per his own words at the PC, hurt him again in '05 which combined with the elbow, killed the season. He said it was his first time being hurt and he had no idea of the degree of "maintenance" a back required once hurt. Since then he's seen a renowned specialist and is on a program to maintain it and is supposedly in great shape (at least that's what he said at the PC).

Palehose13
01-03-2006, 10:30 PM
He had back problems that hampered him the 2d half of '04, then per his own words at the PC, hurt him again in '05 which combined with the elbow, killed the season. He said it was his first time being hurt and he had no idea of the degree of "maintenance" a back required once hurt. Since then he's seen a renowned specialist and is on a program to maintain it and is supposedly in great shape (at least that's what he said at the PC).

Thanks for clearing that up, Flight. :smile:

Bucky F. Dent
01-04-2006, 10:16 AM
I would assume that he went through a full physical before the trade was finalized. So, I would think that he is in good shape or the deal would not have one through.

How long he stays that way is another question. As Keith Olberman used to say on Sportscenter "He's day to day, but aren't we all."

The Dude
01-04-2006, 01:31 PM
I thought he got hit in the hand with a pitch, breaking it.

Not sure where you heard about the hand breaking but he did have elbow surgery that is supposed to be fine by now. Yes, at the press conference they said his trainers and docs said he's in the best shape of his career. So hopefully they arent full of ****!:cool:

Fake Chet Lemon
01-04-2006, 01:50 PM
Wouldn't it be ironic if Rowand runs into a wall and breaks something and Thome plays the entire season? What's the bigger risk, Thome staying healthy as a DH or Rowand playing CF? I think Rowand is riskier!

Is Philly's outfield as padded as ours?

Hitmen77
01-04-2006, 03:45 PM
Wouldn't it be ironic if Rowand runs into a wall and breaks something and Thome plays the entire season? What's the bigger risk, Thome staying healthy as a DH or Rowand playing CF? I think Rowand is riskier!

I wish Rowand nothing but the best in Philly. He played good grinder-ball here and was "rewarded" by being traded away from the world champs. (i don't mean that as a complaint against KW - he's got to think of what's best for the team).

However, you bring up a good point about Thome playing primarily DH. Would playing primarily DH help his back stay healthy?

Is Philly's outfield as padded as ours?

As far as I know, all 29 major-league quality stadiums in MLB have a decent amount of padding. Though none of them can completely assure against a serious injury if someone runs into it at the wrong angle.

gf2020
01-04-2006, 04:08 PM
As far as I know, all 29 major-league quality stadiums in MLB have a decent amount of padding. Though none of them can completely assure against a serious injury if someone runs into it at the wrong angle.
But aren't there 30 teams?

SOXandILLINI
01-04-2006, 05:27 PM
wrigley field is padded?

Dan Mega
01-04-2006, 05:38 PM
wrigley field is padded?

No, hence why they said the major league quality stadiums :D:

MarySwiss
01-04-2006, 05:57 PM
I wish Rowand nothing but the best in Philly. He played good grinder-ball here and was "rewarded" by being traded away from the world champs. (i don't mean that as a complaint against KW - he's got to think of what's best for the team).

However, you bring up a good point about Thome playing primarily DH. Would playing primarily DH help his back stay healthy?


Just off the top of my head, I would think the most important thing about keeping his back healthy is the "maintenance" referred to in an earlier post. Anyone who has ever had a bad back knows that it is pure unadulterated hell. Once the back is back in shape, keeping it that way is vital. And playing primarily DH probably puts less wear-and-tear on his aging bod than the daily grind would.

Be interesting to hear what Beckett has to say, though.

1917
01-04-2006, 06:15 PM
When Clevelnad let him go without a fight, their trainers said his back will hold up for 3 more years...this will be the 4th year....knock on wodd they are wrong!

ShoelessJoeS
01-04-2006, 06:19 PM
When Clevelnad let him go without a fight, their trainers said his back will hold up for 3 more years...this will be the 4th year....knock on wodd they are wrong!
:roflmao:

Hitmen77
01-04-2006, 07:58 PM
When Clevelnad let him go without a fight, their trainers said his back will hold up for 3 more years...this will be the 4th year....knock on wodd they are wrong!

I thought he said he never had back problems until last year. If that's true, then why would the Cleveland trainers only give his back 3 more years of holding up?

delben91
01-04-2006, 09:04 PM
I thought he said he never had back problems until last year. If that's true, then why would the Cleveland trainers only give his back 3 more years of holding up?

And how do you even put an exact number on it like that? 3 years sounds like it'd have to be an estimate, and I've never seen that number anywhere else.