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White Sox said to be interested in Jim Thome again

Slugger Jim Thome went waivers Tuesday White Sox are said have put claim.  |  Ronald Martinez~Getty Images

Slugger Jim Thome went on waivers Tuesday, and the White Sox are said to have put in a claim. | Ronald Martinez~Getty Images

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Updated: November 3, 2011 6:23PM



ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jim Thome was placed on trade waivers by the Minnesota Twins, and — wouldn’t you know it? — the White Sox wouldseem to have a need for a productive, left-handed-hitting slugger, having received very little bang for their buck from Adam Dunn.

A source said the Sox were one of several teams putting a claim in for Thome, whose mere presence in the clubhouse would be a plus. It wouldn’t hurt Dunn and those Sox who didn’t play with Thome in 2006-09 to watch the future Hall of Famer approach his every-day job and the designated hitter role.

Manager Ozzie Guillen would love to have Thome back, although finding room could be an issue. And Thome hasn’t been consistently healthy this season.

‘‘A lot of people think I don’t want Jimmy,’’ Guillen said Tuesday. ‘‘But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my guys in baseball. That’s up to [general manager] Kenny [Williams]. I don’t know if we’re going to have five DHs. I don’t expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that’s not our department.’’

For players to be traded in August, they must be placed on waivers. Teams have the option of pulling players back if other teams make a claim. If a player isn’t claimed, he can be traded to any team — though Thome has the right to veto any trade.

Quentin improved

Carlos Quentin said his left shoulder felt better Tuesday, and there’s a chance he might play as soon as Friday in Seattle.

‘‘It’s a good sign,’’ he said. ‘‘The pain was significant a couple days back.’’

Although the right shoulder provides the power for a right-handed hitter, an injury to the left shoulder is worse.

‘‘Your left arm is your guide,’’ Quentin said. ‘‘Accuracy to the baseball is important. Your left arm being your front shoulder provides the majority of your accuracy to get to the baseball, let alone remain in a square position when offspeed pitches come.’’

A.J. close to taking BP

A.J. Pierzynski (fractured wrist) aught a bullpen session Tuesday, hit off a tee, took some flips and still hopes to return Sept. 2.

‘‘Basically, they just told me I couldn’t hurt it any worse,’’ Pierzynski said. ‘‘It’s all about how much pain I can deal with and as long as I have range of motion, and I have almost full range of motion, and as long as there’s no clicking, cracking or popping going on, it’s fine.’’

Asked if there was a silver lining in being on the disabled list — as in having time off to rest his body — Pierzynski didn’t hesitate.

‘‘No, it sucks, actually, to be honest with you,’’ he said. ‘‘I mean, physically I felt as good as I’ve ever felt this year. I hadn’t really been banged up at all. So I felt really good doing everything.’’

Stewart fitting in

Zach Stewart, who will get at least three more starts, gets one against Cy Young candidate Jered Weaver tonight. He is slated to face the Twins next Tuesday and then on Sept.  5 in a day-night doubleheader in Minnesota.

Philip Humber , who went on the DL after taking a line drive off his forehead, is expected to be back to pitch in the other half of that Labor Day doubleheader.



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