Thornton eager to work out kinks in spring debut

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Going against Team USA in an exhibition game Tuesday will have a slightly different feel than past Cactus League appearances for veteran White Sox reliever Matt Thornton.

It's still just part of the preparatory process for the hard-throwing left-hander.

"I'm not worried about the opponents right now," Thornton said. "I'm going to go out there and locate my fastball on both sides of the plate, mix in offspeed stuff a couple of times and get the first one out of the way, honestly.

"For me, it's about getting that first game, getting that good soreness out. Then, coming back for the next game and building off of it, building forward."

Thornton acknowledged that he'll have to make some good pitches in his one inning for hitters who have played a lot already and are dialed up and ready for World Baseball Classic competition. He missed one live batting-practice session this spring due to triceps soreness but never fell off schedule for his Tuesday appearance.