Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton said the recent inflammation in his left elbow won't set him back in his preparation for the regular season.

"If April 1 comes in jeopardy, believe me, you guys would know," said Thornton, who plans to play catch this morning and throw live batting practice this weekend. "I would be worried then. But March 5 is my first scheduled game and is not in jeopardy. It's no big deal at all."

Thornton said he will throw in some minor league games this spring and hopes to work in six to eight games.

Thornton described the MRI on his left elbow on Tuesday as "over the top precautionary."

"It's just a matter of getting under control and moving forward," Thornton said. "I’m fine."

In other pitching news, the Sox adjusted their pitching schedule so that Andre Rienzo will pitch only once before leaving for Japan to pitch for Team Brazil in the World Baseball Classic.

Rienzo is scheduled to pitch in relief on Monday against San Francisco at Scottsdale before leaving for Japan because the Sox were informed by Team Brazil that they intend to start Rienzo in their first round game against Japan on March 2.

Here are the scheduled pitchers for the Sox's first four exhibition games:

Saturday vs. LA Dodgers