Of course, with Paul Konerko continuing to battle through the pain in his left calf/knee caused by an Andrew Miller fastball on July 31, the designated hitter spot has been filled, and that's the only spot Thome could take at this stage. But count manager Ozzie Guillen as one of many who would welcome back the prolific slugger.
"I'd love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you," said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. "A lot of people think I don't want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn't have any place for him.
"But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That's up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don't know if we're going to have five DHs. I don't expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that's not our department."