Orioles DH Thome to have test on neck

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome is headed back to Baltimore to have tests on his sore neck.

Thome said Monday, before the Orioles played the New York Yankees, that he will have an MRI on Tuesday morning because the spasms in his neck aren't subsiding. He said he is having the scan to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said the slugger was given a pain injection and trigger-point treatment on Sunday. The 41 year old Thome, who has hit 611 career homers, hasn't played since Friday night. He left the Orioles clubhouse around 4:30 p.m. to make a train back to Baltimore.

Since joining the Orioles in a July 1 trade with Philadelphia, Thome is hitting .261 with two homers and six RBIs in 69 at-bats.