Thome had been on the 15-day disabled list since June 2 with a strained left quad, which was related to his strained oblique in early May that kept him out for three weeks. After five at-bats in a simulated game on Wednesday, Thome was deemed healthy enough to return.
He was evaluated after taking batting practice and running the bases prior to Friday's game at Miller Park. After the game, the Twins announced he had been activated for Saturday's game.
"I got out and moved around, and if all goes well I'll be activated tomorrow," Thome said before the game.
Thome was on the DL during the Twins recent hot streak, which he said was fun to watch, and got him excited to return.
With the previous two injuries being related, Thome was also optimistic about his chances to stay injury-free for much, if not all, for the rest of the season.
"I hope so, yeah, that's the goal," Thome said. "I've had a history of lower back issues in the past, so the frustrating part is any time you're rehabbing anything, you want to make sure that everything's good."