Thome, Nathan to return Friday (Game 72 vs. Giants)

SAN FRANCISCO — Twins trainer Rick McWane said today that both designated hitter Jim Thome and closer Joe Nathan will rejoin the club on Friday in Milwaukee.

Thome had five at-bats in a simulated game and won’t need to play in a Minor League before returning to action. He’ll serve as a pinch-hitter against the Brewers before returning to his regular role as DH when the Twins return to Target Field on Monday to host the Dodgers.

Nathan, meanwhile, tossed a scoreless inning with Triple-A Rochester last night, and is scheduled to throw another inning in relief tonight before being activated from the disabled list on Friday.

I’ll have more info on the return of both players in today’s Twins Notebook.

But here are the lineups for both clubs for tonight’s 9:15 p.m. CT start at AT&T Park:

Twins (32-39)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Luke Hughes, 1B
8. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, SS
9. Nick Blackburn, RHP (6-4, 3.16 ERA, 4.50 FIP, 1.96 K/BB)

Giants (39-34)

1. Aaron Rowand, CF
2. Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
3. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
4. Aubrey Huff, 1B
5. Cody Ross, LF
6. Nate Schierholtz, RF
7. Brandon Crawford, SS
8. Eli Whiteside, C
9. Ryan Vogelsong, RHP (4-1, 1.92 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 3.00 K/BB)

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