With the Chicago White Sox set to play their first Spring Training intrasqaud game this afternoon, left-handed reliever Matt Thornton will be watching from the sidelines. Thornton, who is dealing with tricep soreness in his throwing arm, will miss his third straight day of workouts for the White Sox.
Now in his eighth year with the Sox, the 36-year old hurler has secured himself as the South Sider’s top lefty in their bullpen. However, with the majority of his success dependent on being able to throw his fastball in the upper 90’s, just how worried should the White Sox be about Thornton’s arm issues?
Earlier this week White Sox manager, Robin Ventura, gave his expert diagnosis of Thornton’s soreness, saying it was due to an “old arm”. Ventura is clearly not very worried about Thornton going forward this spring, and said they would just have to be patient. Even less worried about the Sox reliever’s arm being sore is Thornton himself. After an MRI on his triceps area showed nothing more than some inflammation, Thornton told the media that he wasn’t one bit worried about his arm problems.
Currently, Thornton is planning to pitch in his first game this spring on March 5. There certainly was a red flag raised earlier this week when it was reported that Thornton was dealing with some arm issues, especially since Thornton was placed on the DL a few years ago with left elbow inflammation.
However, all statements from White Sox camp indicate that Thornton is not going to miss any extended time. If the Sox veteran reliever is able to avoid any further setbacks, and improves each day, all systems are a go for Thornton to once again pitch 60 plus innings for the White Sox in 2013.