Tidbits

Tidbits

• Jim Thome is expected to make a decision by the end of Tuesday on how to handle the herniated disc that has landed him on the 15-day disabled list. Showalter said Thome can either stay with the team, return home or travel to Sarasota, Fla., for rehab. It looks right now as if Thome could be headed home, since he has to wait out the 30-day rest period, although it's not definite.

• Also expected to have a more definitive plan by the end of Tuesday is pitcher Jason Hammel, who has been on the disabled list since July 15 and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Hammel has been throwing off flat ground and the team was meeting Tuesday to set a schedule for getting him on the mound.