Thames (illness) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday, batting second and playing first base, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

He came off the bench as a pinch hitter Thursday but went 0-for-1. Thames' recent bout with strep throat coincided with the club's stated goal to rest his legs as often as possible to keep him fresh. Either way, owners of the 13-homer, 25-RBI, .313/.432/.688 breakout candidate will happily throw him back into their lineups, against the Cubs' Eddie Butler.

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