'No big deal' as Thornton plays catch

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Matt Thornton AP Photo/Paul SancyaAn MRI on Matt Thornton's sore elbow revealed inflammation, and Thornton is not worried.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Matt Thornton began his road back from a sore elbow Thursday, playing a light game of catch.

Thornton insists that the discomfort that popped up earlier this week is nothing to worry about, despite the fact that White Sox felt it was necessary enough to have him undergo an MRI which only showed inflammation.

“The MRI was extremely over-the-top precautionary," Thornton said. “It was the back side of the elbow and the ligaments are fine. It's probably just tendinitis I'm guessing, whatever you want to call it. I'll get that area under control and move forward. I'm fine."

Thornton expects another day of catch before having a bullpen session and then progressing to live batting practice. He doesn't expect there to be any delay with his schedule for Cactus League games.

“If April 1 comes in jeopardy, believe me you guys will know and I'd be worried then," Thornton said. “March 5 is my first game scheduled right now and it is not in jeopardy. It's no big deal."

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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