Matt Thornton roared into Camelback Ranch feeling so fit I half-expected him to start selling NutriBullets in the employee parking lot. On Tuesday, we learned he won't be pitching anything for a while thanks to a sore elbow.
At the moment, the news could be worse. An MRI revealed inflammation, but no structural damage, which is good. But Robin Ventura didn't go too far to downplay it, so there seems to be no definitive take:
"He just said he didn't feel right," Ventura said. "We have so much time down here, it's safer to slow him down and get him out of drills and make sure he's comfortable before he continues on.
"You're concerned every time a guy has that. I'm not sure what level he's at, but again, the beauty of being down here so early is that you can give him the time off and he can catch up and there's nothing wrong with it."
Matt Thornton's sore elbow now a storyline
South Side Sox | Feb 20