Thome, Repko activated from disabled list

Thome, Repko activated from disabled list

Thome, Repko activated from disabled list
PHOENIX -- The Twins reinstated designated hitter Jim Thome and outfielder Jason Repko from the 15-day disabled list after Sunday's 3-2 loss to the D-Backs at Chase Field.

Both have been out all month, Thome with a left oblique strain and Repko with a right quad strain. To make room on the roster, the Twins optioned infielder Luke Hughes and outfielder Ben Revere to Triple-A Rochester. Thome missed 19 games and Repko missed 18.

Thome was in Florida at extended Spring Training and Repko on a Minor League rehab assignment with Rochester. Both players will be available for Monday night's opener of another three-game Interleague series, this one against the Mariners at Target Field.

"Thome, for sure, will give us another big bat in the lineup," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Sunday's game. "Repko is helpful. He's healthy and he'll come up here and do his job. He plays everywhere. I really like Ben Revere. I really like the way he was going. I know he needs to swing. I know he needs more at-bats. That's a hard one for me to send him down. I'm a little disappointed about that."

The speedy Revere started in center field and led off on Sunday. He was 2-for-4 with two singles and left batting .242 (8-for-33) in 15 games. He also booted Willie Bloomquist's double to left center in the eighth inning, allowing him to advance to third on the error. Moments later, Bloomquist scored the winning run on Ryan Roberts' sacrifice fly to right center. On that one, Revere made a fine juggling catch as he headed for the 413-foot mark, the deepest spot in the ballpark.

Hughes was hitting .211 (15-for-71) with a homer and six RBIs in 25 games.

The veteran Thome, 40, batted .214 with two homers and seven RBIs in 20 games before sustaining the injury and going on the DL retroactive to May 1. With 591 homers, he's only nine away from becoming the eighth player in Major League history to reach 600. Repko was hitting only .208 when he got injured, retroactive to May 3.