‘‘I think it’s bittersweet, to be honest. Jim’s a great teammate and I think we’re all sorry to see him go but we’re all excited that he'll have the opportunity to get at-bats daily. He can still do a lot of damage,’’ Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said.
Echoed Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels: ‘‘He’s one of the best guys in baseball and probably one of the most positive influences you could ever have just because he’s been around the game.’’
‘‘He’s going to go to the Hall of Fame. It’s not every day you get to play with a Hall of Famer,’’ he said.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had Thome on the team with the White Sox.
‘‘The Orioles just picked up a great baseball player, an unbelievable human being, and a great teammate,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘I think that’s better for him, get more at-bats, play in the American League where he can DH. It will also help the people in the clubhouse because of how good he is.’’
Simon, 21, was 2-8, 3.96 ERA in 14 starts for Class A Frederick.
Lino, 19, hit .218 four homers and 18 RBIs for Class A Delmarva.