Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton was held out of drills Tuesday because of left elbow discomfort.

An MRI revealed inflammation but no structural damage, manager Robin Ventura said after the workout.

"Slowly but surely getting ready," Thornton said without disclosing the ailment. "Just got plenty of time, and I'm not trying to rush anything right now and make sure everything feels good."

Ventura was more forthcoming but stressed that there was plenty of time for Thornton to heal with a longer spring training because of the World Baseball Classic.

"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.”

Ventura emphasized that he would give players extended breaks at the first sign of discomfort. Thornton already was being placed on a conservative schedule because he has appeared in 61 games or more in each of the past six seasons.

Also, outfielder Dewayne Wise was held out because of a sore neck suffered after following asleep while watching television.