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Twins Unlikely To Deal Thome Before 600th HR

The Twins are struggling and trading Jim Thome doesn't appear to be entirely out of the question.

However, it's unlikely that Minnesota would trade Thome before he hits his 600th home run.

"They need to put fannies in the seats at Target Field just like any other team," writes The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Thome has 593 home runs in his career.

Via Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Sizemore To Play In Field Next Week

After a trio of games in the designated hitter's spot this week, Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore will definitely play at least one game in the field during the team's upcoming series against the Blue Jays.

A loss of timing at the plate was the main concern for Sizemore, who has gone 0-for-8 with three strikeouts after being reinstated prior to Friday's game at Tampa Bay.

Sizemore has been able to hit in the batting cages since a knee contusion sidelined him.

He was hitting .282 (22-for-78) with six homers and 11 RBIs when he slid hard against Tampa Bay on May 10, sustaining a deep contusion around his knee.

Via MLB.com

Hafner Still Not Close To Return

The Indians will remain without slugger Travis Hafner for some time.

Hafner was hitting .345 in mid-May when a right oblique strain sent him to the disabled list.

He will be eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, but is still in the early stages of returning and will likely be out at least another couple of weeks.

"Right now he's still in a recovery period," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "He hasn't resumed baseball activities, so it'd be silly for me to [talk about it]. It's too far away right now for me to give you updates."

Via MLB.com

Will Indians Be Buyers At Deadline?

The Indians continue to play better baseball than expected, which leads many to wonder -- will they be buyers as this summer's trade deadline approaches?

"You take the first couple months of the season to evaluate your team," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "The next step is identifying the area of need and whether you address it internally or externally.

"If the answer is externally then you have to evaluate the cost of the acquisition in dollars and players. It's a process you work through all the time. It's part of the job to be prepared."

Indians president Mark Shapiro said his successor will have the ability to make a move if the Indians are still in contention when the trading deadlines approach.

"There's been a demonstrated willingness to spend above projected revenues when we felt we had an opportunity to win," Shapiro said, "and there will be an ability and a willingness to acquire a player in July if we're in position to do it."

Via Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Sizemore Expected To Come Off The DL

Indians outfielder Ezequiel Carrera has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus, a move made to clear the way for Grady Sizemore’s return from the disabled list.

Sizemore is expected to come off the DL at some point in the next few days., according to an Associated Press report.

Via AP

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