Thome in line for more at-bats with Twins

Updated: June 30, 2010, 6:04 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
It's not that I had forgotten about Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome, but when a guy gets the opportunity to ply his trade as infrequently as he has lately, it's tough to justify keeping him on a fantasy roster. Now that the Twins seem prepared to let Thome resume his "three-outcomes" hitting (home run, walk or strikeout), it's time fantasy owners in AL-only formats put him back on the radar.

Thome homered in consecutive games this week and then started Wednesday's game against a lefty, as the Twins made a pretty significant -- and long-time coming -- decision to move right fielder Michael Cuddyer back to third base. The last time Cuddyer manned the hot corner on a consistent basis, or in any game at all, was way back in 2005. No, he wasn't a good third baseman, but he can hit, and with the Twins getting such awful production from third base and wanting to use designated hitter Jason Kubel in interleague play in NL parks recently, the move was made. Now it appears to be sticking, at least when the team faces right-handed pitching. With Cuddyer at third base most nights, Denard Span, Delmon Young, Kubel and Thome can all play.