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Updated: June 24th, 2011 10:11pm
Twins activate Jim Thome from DL; Rene Tosoni optioned

Twins activate Jim Thome from DL; Rene Tosoni optioned

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins have activated designated hitter Jim Thome from the disabled list, optioning outfielder Rene Tosoni back to Triple-A Rochester to make room.

Thome was originally set to be activated for Friday night's game, but manager Ron Gardenhire said the slugger experienced "some issues" with his back on Thursday, causing a temporary delay.

In 94 plate appearances this season, Thome -- who has played in only eight games since April 30 -- owns a .237/.372/.447 batting line with four home runs.

Tosoni saw limited playing time, but he came up with a key hit in last Sunday's win over the San Diego Padres.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Jim Thome