Matt Thornton ready to come off DL

Updated: September 1, 2010, 12:37 PM ET
By Doug Padilla |

CLEVELAND -- Chicago White Sox reliever Matt Thornton had a 40-pitch long-toss session in the Progressive Field outfield on Wednesday and pronounced himself ready to come off the disabled list.

Thornton, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 18 with elbow inflammation, won't be eligible to be activated until Thursday, which is a day off, which means he will return Friday in Boston.

The White Sox recalled help from the minor leagues on the first day teams can expand their rosters. The club promoted catcher Tyler Flowers and outfielder Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A Charlotte and recalled right-hander Gregory Infante from Double-A Birmingham.

Thornton is one of two key pieces missing out of a bullpen that has had to carry a heavy load for the past two weeks. Thornton last pitched during the last road trip, giving up a game-winning home run to Jim Thome.

J.J. Putz is eligible to come off the disabled list next week, and he also seems to be on track. He has been out with tendinitis in his knee.

Infante has split the season between Birmingham and Winston-Salem (A). With Birmingham, he was 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 24 games.

The White Sox have other moves planned. Third baseman Dayan Viciedo is expected to be brought up this weekend when the club visits Boston. Right-hander Carlos Torres, optioned on Tuesday to make room for Manny Ramirez, will rejoin the team after Charlotte's season ends on Sept. 6.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for and ESPN Radio 1000.