Thome has broken right middle finger

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2004

Jim Thome will probably miss the rest of spring training after X-rays Saturday confirmed the Philadelphia slugger had broken his right middle finger during a fielding drill. Thome, who led the National League with 47 home runs last season in his first year with the Phillies, was hurt Friday. After tests showed the break, he headed back to Philadelphia to be examined by a specialist.

''If this is going to happen, I'm glad it happened now,'' Thome said. ''It's disappointing, but I can't dwell on it.''

Thome is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks. 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 Phillies have been hit by finger injuries this spring. Closer Billy Wagner hasn't thrown from the mound in nearly two weeks because of inflammation in the middle finger on his left hand.

''It's the fickle finger of fate, I guess,'' Wade said.

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