Frank Thomas, 1B, White Sox.
The Chicago Tribune reports the White Sox are privately making plans for playing the rest of the season without Thomas. Thomas went on the disabled list last week with an ankle injury, and the team will see how it responds to treatment before deciding on season-ending surgery. Magglio Ordonez's return from torn knee cartilage coincided with Thomas' departure, so the team's offense shouldn't suffer too much.
That said, expect Joe Borchard to get an extended look in Thomas' absence. Borchard, who was recently called up from Triple-A Charlotte, once was a promising NFL prospect, but he passed up a chance to play on Sundays for a shot at the big leagues. So far, he hasn't made an impact in the majors, but he has shown power in the minors. On Thursday night, Borchard, a switch hitter, started in right field against Oakland righthander Rich Harden, with Ordonez at DH.