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White Sox rest reliever Matt Thornton with sore elbow

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Matt Thorntthrows during spring training baseball Phoenix Friday Feb. 15 2013.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton throws during spring training baseball in Phoenix, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Updated: February 19, 2013 3:25PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The injury bug bit the White Sox for the first time in camp Tuesday. Left-hander Matt Thornton was held out of drills with a sore elbow. Thornton underwent an MRI which showed some inflammation, manager Robin Ventura said.

Ventura described the 36-year-old reliever’s issue as “discomfort.’’

“We have so much time it’s just safer to slow him down and get him out of drills, make sure he’s comfortable with it,’’ White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

“You’re concerned every time a guy has that. I don’t know what level it’s at but the beauty is you can give him this time off and he can catch back up if there’s nothing wrong with him.’’

Thornton had Tommy John surgery in 2003. He was on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation in 2010.

Outfielder Dewayne Wise had a stiff neck, so he was kept out of drills. He said he’ll be ready to go Wednesday.

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