Thornton discusses his elbow issue
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Thornton said Wednesday he has no concerns about his left triceps.
The White Sox pitcher believes the inflammation discovered in his elbow, the result of an MRI exam on Tuesday, is the result of the first week of camp and gives him no reason to be fearful. Thornton said he expects to resume throwing in a couple of days.
As it were, the plan called for the White Sox to take it easy this spring with Thornton, who tied a career-high with 74 appearances last season. Thornton isn’t scheduled to appear in his first Cactus League game until early March.
“It’s the process of adding the workload, I’m not worried about it at all,” Thornton said. “We have time to back off it a little bit and there’s no reason to throw through discomfort on Feb. 19, so I’m not worried about it one bit. I trust [trainer Herm Schneider] to get me right and we’ll be throwing in a couple of days here.”
Thornton went 4-10 with a 3.46 ERA in 65 innings last season. The left-hander’s 472 appearances ranks as the fourth most in club history. He said the soreness is nothing like what he dealt with in 2010 when he had forearm/elbow issues.
“Aching, bulky, whatever you call,” Thornton said. “It’s more than likely just the process of throwing every day for a week, adding the intensity, live [batting practice], cutting loose a little bit. It’s something we’ll get under control and it won’t be a problem the rest of the year.”