Thome had five at-bats in an extended spring training game for the second straight day on Wednesday, while Repko went 0-for-4 in his second game with Triple-A Rochester after going 2-for-5 with a homer on Tuesday.
"Thome is going to join us at home, and the plan is the same thing for Repko," Gardenhire said. "We just want them to get through the weekend. Repko needs at-bats and Thome definitely needs more at-bats, and this gives them the opportunity."
Gardenhire said Thome is better suited to get at-bats down at the club's Spring Training complex to get his swing in order, rather than be activated this weekend when the club plays the D-backs in interleague action at Chase Field, as he'd only serve as a pinch-hitter with no designated hitters in National League parks. Thome is scheduled to play in his next rehab game on Friday.