Jim Thome activated from DL

Philadelphia Phillies' Jim Thome during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

June 6, 2012 2:20:19 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated Jim Thome from the disabled list and sent infielder Pete Orr to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Thome, a member of the 600-homer club, had been sidelined with a lower back strain since April 29. He's just 2 for 18 in limited appearances, mainly as a pinch hitter. Thome could get plenty of at-bats as a designated hitter in nine interleague games upcoming.

Orr hit .286 (12 for 42) with four extra-base hits and five RBIs.

The move was made before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Thome was available to play.