Might play tonight (Wednesday)
From the Chicago Tribune:
Thomas' wake-up call: Less coffee
Slugger hasn't been receptive to changing his workout routine until he suffered setback
By Mark Gonzales
Tribune staff reporter
June 15, 2005
White Sox slugger Frank Thomas admitted Tuesday he will have to change his workout routine to avoid nagging injuries like the left leg cramp that forced him to come out of Monday's game.
"What happened last night was definitely a wake-up call," Thomas said.
The admission comes after trainer Herm Schneider revealed Thomas hasn't been receptive to altering his routine until he suffers a setback.
"His body is changing and he needs to understand there are certain things he can't do that he use to do," said Schneider, adding Thomas has suffered from dehydration stemming from heavy coffee intake and that he should lift leg weights after games instead of before.
"He needs to back off from those things and change. Frank has a tendency not to listen until the horse is out of the barn. When the horse is out of the barn, then he starts to listen.
"He's understanding the game is a little fast for him. His mind is there, but his body needs to catch up to that."
Thomas could return to the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday night, provided the soreness subsides and he adjusts quickly to a new routine.
Leg lifting after games shouldn't be a problem for Thomas, but reducing his coffee consumption in the morning will be more difficult.
"I don't know if I can kill that habit," Thomas said. "I love coffee. . . . I pound coffee when I get to the ballpark. I like to stay dehydrated and keep motivated somehow, and that's how I do things."
Thomas, however, has little choice but to adjust. Since returning from a left ankle injury that sidelined him for 10 1/2 months, Thomas has smacked three home runs in 18 at-bats. But he missed a week of starting time because his ankle prevents him from playing first base.
Thomas said he put himself through a big workout before Monday's game, only to feel his leg tighten while rounding second after hitting a home run in the fourth and manager Ozzie Guillen eventually pulled him after he trotted to first on a single in the sixth.
The right hip flexor strain that he suffered in his first game back on May 30 stemmed from too much pregame work.
"If I'm not healthy, I'm not going to play," Thomas said. "I'm more frustrated by that. I'm starting to swing the bat and get in a rhythm. When I get into my rhythm, I'm going to make things happen."