Thornton now accustomed to new Sox

Thornton now accustomed to new Sox
September 1, 2013, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON -- There was a harried moment or two when the trade first occurred but Matt Thornton has settled in nicely with the Boston Red Sox.

A little more than seven weeks after he joined the Red Sox after a July 12 trade from the White Sox, Thornton feels as if he’s back on track.

Thornton recently returned to the team after he spent three weeks on the disabled list with an oblique injury.

The left-hander -- whose 512 relief appearances over 7 1/ 2 seasons with the White Sox is a franchise record -- has a 1.86 ERA in 12 games with Boston since he was acquired for minor-league outfielder Brandon Jacobs.

“It was hard when it happened,” Thornton said. “A lot of big things in my life happened (in Chicago). … Hard to leave, but at the same time I’m at that point in my career where winning is all that matters for me.”

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The first few days of the transition were made difficult because of the extreme travel involved.

Thornton was traded late on a Friday night while the White Sox were in Philadelphia. The next day he flew across the country to join the Red Sox in Oakland, Calif. Thornton appeared in a game that Sunday -- the last game before the All-Star break -- and took the loss after he allowed a run and a hit and walked two in 2/ 3 innings.

Then Thornton flew back to Chicago to meet his wife Emily, who was seven months pregnant with their second child, to pack up and move.

Thornton doesn’t do nearly as much traveling these days -- he pointed out the building in which he and his family live, a mere five-minute walk from Fenway Park. Though going on the DL was a disappointment, Thornton believes he’s in good physical shape the rest of the way. That has allowed him for the biggest adjustment, going from the White Sox to the Red Sox.

“It has been great,” Thornton said. “It was crazy when it all went down … Now the Red is pretty much the norm for me.”