CLEARWATER, Fla. — The goal, Jim Thome says, is to push his body within reason to learn how much he can handle.
Sunday was a good day then.
For the second straight day, Thome played first base in a minor-league game. One day after lasting four innings in the field, he upped it to five on Sunday.
"Two days in a row, I could definitely feel it," Thome said. "It's all good. I wanted to do that."
Thome recorded four putouts Sunday and caught a foul pop up. He was 1 for 2 at the plate with a single and run scored while playing with the single-A Phillies against Toronto at the Carpenter Complex.
The first batter of the game hit a foul pop that Thome easily caught. "The ball will find you!" someone yelled from the dugout.
Special consultant Ed Wade watched Thome from above. Thome, 41, said he was not aware of what will happen next. The team hopes to see Thome at first base in a Grapefruit League game before heading north, but it's likely he stays at minor-league camp for a bit.
"It'll be interesting to see how I feel tomorrow," Thome said. "But that's the part of spring training we wanted to progress and see where we're at.
"I felt good out there. I'm starting to get a little more comfortable every day out there. That's important, too."
Nix says he's ready
Laynce Nix also played in a minor-league game Sunday, logging five innings in right field. He's missed the last six Grapefruit League game with sore ribs, but said he hopes to play Monday.
"I think I'm good enough to go," Nix said. "Hopefully that's the case."
And for the prospect nuts...
Brody Colvin started the game with Thome at first base. Colvin pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs with two strikeouts and two walks. One of those runners scored only because he reached base on a strikeout pitch that got away from the catcher.
Colvin, one of the team's top pitching prospects, is coming off a bumpy 2011 season at single-A Clearwater. That's where the 21-year-old righthander is likely to begin 2012.
Lefthander Bryan Morgado, a fourth-round pick in 2010, struck out four of the seven batters he faced. ... Gauntlett Eldemire can flat-out fly. He's a sixth-rounder from 2010 and has yet to play a game professionally due to injury. But he's finally healthy. ... Saw last year's first-round pick Larry Greene Jr. bat once and ground out to second to advance a runner. He's not playing the field yet, only serving as a designated hitter. ... Maikel Franco, a 19-year-old Dominican who has appeared on a lot of Phillies top 10 lists, made a fantastic play to his right at third base and threw a bullet to Thome for the out.
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