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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wanted an answer from Jim Thome by Thursday afternoon concerning the designated hitter's injured left heel, insisting, "He has to say I'm in or I'm out.''
Thome's in.
After receiving further treatment Thursday morning, Thome tested the heel on the basepaths at U.S. Cellular Field, and afterward told team representatives that he was ready to resume playing Friday in Texas.
"Much better,'' Thome said. "We went out and ran the bases, and it's much better than the other day for sure.
"I hit [Wednesday], really had no issues with hitting. So the big thing [Thursday] was to come in and see where I was at with my running, and everything went good.''
Thome had missed three games with the injury.
There was other news concerning the Sox injury front, as well, with second baseman Chris Getz [fractured right middle finger] also given the thumbs up to return to the starting lineup against Texas.
The only player that still remains a question mark is Brian Anderson, who injured his right oblique on Wednesday. According to the club, he will be evaluated again in Texas, with a trip to the 15-day disabled list still a possibility.
As far as the roster spot that will likely open up with the expected announcement of Jerry Owens being sent out on Friday, Scott Podsednik is the obvious replacement, telling ESPN 1000 that "It was exciting.''
Podsednik has already left the Class AAA Charlotte team, flying to his home in Texas where he will likely rejoin the team for the Rangers series.
The club remained mum on the move, deciding to not announce it until Friday.

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