White Sox notes: Thornton has elbow discomfort

White Sox notes: Thornton has elbow discomfort

Ventura on Thornton's elbow issue

February 19, 2013, 4:00 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox left-hander Matt Thornton is being monitored for discomfort in his left elbow, manager Robin Ventura said on Tuesday.

An MRI shows inflammation in the elbow but no structural damage for Thornton, who has made 472 appearances with the White Sox in seven seasons.

Thornton was held out of action on Tuesday as a precaution, Ventura said.

The White Sox had already planned to go slow this spring with Thornton, who tied a career-high with 74 appearances last season.

“We have so much time it's just safer to slow him down and get him out of drills, make sure he's comfortable with it,” Ventura said. “You're concerned every time a guy has that. I don't know what level it's at but the beauty is you can give him this time off and he can catch back up if there's nothing wrong with him.”

An All-Star in 2010, Thornton -- who went 4-10 with a 3.86 ERA and three saves in 2012 -- is set to earn $5.5 million this season and has a $6 million club option for 2014 with a $1 million buyout.

“We got to take it careful, especially with Johnny (Danks) and like today, we held Matty out,” Ventura said. “Just stuff that guys come in and they may be a little tender. You just slow them down if they feel any kind of discomfort, just slow them down and take them out of drills and give them a few days to where you can re-evaluate and see where they’re at.”
 
Wise out too
 
Dewayne Wise didn’t get a chance to participate in a third day of live batting practice versus White Sox pitchers because of a stiff neck.

Wise said he slept on his neck wrong but still participated in everything but hitting drills. He expects to return to action on Thursday.

The veteran outfielder got plenty of action in the cage the first two days as he faced relievers Nate Jones and Addison Reed.

“Jonesy was throwing 100,” Wise said Monday. “Good thing he was around the plate. It’s always pretty scary those first couple days -- pitchers' first time throwing to hitters since last season. The first two days I track, see the ball, see some breaking pitches and then the third day I don’t want to know what’s coming. I like to treat it as a game situation just so I can kind of get myself ready. When I don’t know what’s coming it’s like a game situation. By the third day I don’t want to know.”

Wise thought he’d receive an invite to return to the White Sox after last season, but admits he wasn’t sure because of how his career has unfolded. Since 2006, Wise hasn’t spent more than two consecutive years at one stop. But last season, he appeared in 45 games with the Sox after he was claimed in August. Wise hit .258 with five homers, 22 RBIs and had 12 stolen bases in that time.

“The way my career has been, you never know,” Wise said. “I know I had a good chance because I played well with these guys. At the end of the day I was happy that I’m back. I wanted to come back and it worked out good.”

Hawkins lands on Baseball America's top 100

The White Sox landed just one minor leaguer on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list released Tuesday, with Courtney Hawkins checking in at No. 55. Hawkins, the team's first-round pick in 2012, hit .284/.324/480 between Rookie-level Bristol, Single-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem as an 18 year old last year.

Among the Sox AL Central opponents, Minnesota led the way with six representatives (No. 9 Miguel Sano, No. 10 Byron Buxton, No. 41 Oswaldo Arcia, No. 59 Alex Meyer, No. 68 Kyle Gibson), Detroit had three (No. 21 Nick Castellanos, No. 74 Avisail Garcia, No. 95 Bruce Rondon), Kansas City had three (No. 24 Kyle Zimmer, No. 35 Bubba Starling, No. 85 Yordano Ventura) and Cleveland had two (No. 14 Trevor Bauer, No. 28 Francisco Lindor).

Staff writer JJ Stankevitz contributed to this post.