The habit of trying to grind through the daily rigors of each season has been ingrained in Jim Thome. But in 2009, a fight with a foot problem had worn on him, affecting his ability to lean back on his left leg in his batting stance.
"It was what I call jelly leg," Thome said Saturday night.
He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers late in the 2009 season to serve as a pinch hitter. "I got a chance to heal," he said, "and I got a chance to reflect."
What Thome has learned is that it's better for him not to play every day at age 40. He signed with the Minnesota Twins to be a part-time player this year, and he tries not to do too much when it's his off day; the rest that he gives his body is part of the preparation for when he does play.
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