The Philadelphia Phillies have activated first baseman Jim Thome from the 15-day disabled list, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. In a corresponding roster move the Phillies optioned infielder Pete Orr.
Jim Thome activated. Pete Orr optioned.— Matt Gelb (@magelb) June 6, 2012
Thome was placed on the Phillies DL in early May after the veteran slugger experienced tightness in his lower back.
The Phillies signed Thome last November to help ease the absence of Ryan Howard at first base and as a source of power off their bench.
Thome started four games at first base for the Phillies and appeared in eight others as a pinch hitter before hitting the DL. Over that span Thome was 2-18 with three walks, good for an OPS of only .349.
Orr has appeared in 23 games for the Phillies this season, with all of his starts coming at second base. Orr hit at a clip of .286/.302/.429 with five extra base hits and five RBIs over his 42 at-bats.