PITTSBURGH — There was only one change to Manuel's Saturday lineup from opening day; Laynce Nix started at first base. The manager said he wanted another lefthanded bat, but opted for Nix over Jim Thome.
Manuel hopes to play Thome at least once a week. It's possible his first start comes Monday in the home opener, but Manuel said Thome could start Sunday.
Restraint, of course, is required with the 41-year-old's bad back in relation to his workload at first base, a position he hasn't played since 2007.
"I think about him every day," Manuel said. "I'll play Thome when I want to."