"It's part of being a good teammate to accept a temporary demotion or a demotion, period," Thornton said. "That's what the manager and coaching staff feels is best for the team. It's not the time of year to pout about stuff. I think everyone here is fine with whatever they decide."
"I struggled with my slider earlier in the year and when I did throw it, it seemed to stay in the zone," Thornton said of the switch. "It was just one of those things where I needed a secondary pitch at the time. The split kind of took over for the slider. Now my slider's come along, I feel really good with it, but at the same time, the split's gotten good results for me so I've kind of stuck with that a little more."