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The Red Sox declined Thornton's $6 million option for the 2014 season, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.
Thornton made his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list in Tuesday night's win over Baltimore. He retired the only batter he faced.
Thornton (oblique) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com's Ian Browne reports.
Thornton (right oblique strain) tossed a bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled for another one Tuesday, Providence Journal reports.
Thornton threw off flat ground Tuesday and did not exhibit any symptoms from the sore left oblique that landed him on the disabled list, the Boston Herald reports.
Thornton landed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a right oblique concern, CSN New England reports.
Thornton (oblique) will not be available to pitch before Wednesday and there is concern the team will need to place him on the 15-day disabled list, the Boston Herald reports. He suffered an oblique injury during Sunday's game and received nearly four hours of treatment Monday.
Thornton made his Boston debut Sunday night, allowing one run on a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning in a loss to Oakland.