GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Dunn warned Matt Thornton about his leaner frame when he showed up at spring training, comparing him to CC Sabathia.
The huge Yankee seems to do OK for himself, heft and all, Dunn said. So why sweat being big? Thornton was never soft to begin with, and Dunn says players play with fire when they try to be somebody they aren't. When Thornton came up with a tender elbow last week, Dunn said 'I told ya so.'
Thornton, who came to camp 22 pounds lighter, is pleased to report his elbow is fine. The 36-year-old lefthanded reliever threw 40 pitches of uninhibited live batting practice Wednesday.
"Oh yeah, I let everything go,'' Thornton said. "I threw everything I had and as I went along I amped up the intensity and let 'em go. Got out there real good and had no problem at all.''
The 6-6 Thornton's weight loss is mostly due to a change in diet. His body has a different feel, and it's one he likes so far.
"I feel great with that,'' he said. "It's like no limitations at all. My body's getting out good and I'm getting great extension on my pitches. We'll see what kind of dividends it pays later in the year but right now I feel great physically.''
Thornton remains on schedule to pitch in a game on March 5.