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Matt Thornton | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (41) / 9/15/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Grand Valley State
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (22) / SEA

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Matt Thornton has retired from baseball.
Thornton, who turned 40 in September, missed much of this past season due to injury and was eventually released by the Padres in August. The veteran left-hander has had a fine career, though, posting a 3.41 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning across his 13 major league seasons. Tue, Nov 8, 2016 12:02:00 AM

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Padres released LHP Matt Thornton.

Thornton had been designated for assignment after posting a 5.82 ERA over 18 relief outings. Slated to turn 40 in just over a month, the left-hander might be at the end of the line for his big league career.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 08:25:00 AM

Padres designated LHP Matt Thornton for assignment.

The Padres needed to clear a roster spot for Clayton Richard, who signed a major league deal on Saturday. Thornton missed time with Achilles tendinitis earlier this season and hasn't looked sharp since coming back. He carries a dismal 5.82 ERA over 18 relief outings this year.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Padres activated LHP Matt Thornton from the 15-day disabled list.

Thornton had been out all season while rebounding from Achilles tendinitis. The veteran left-hander will work in a setup role for the Padres.
Sun, May 29, 2016 08:10:00 AM

Matt Thornton (heel) pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday in a rehab appearance with High-A Lake Elsinore.

Much better than his rehab debut Saturday, when he yielded two hits and an unearned run in one inning of work. Thornton is on track to join the Padres' bullpen this weekend in Arizona after missing the first eight weeks of the 2016 season with Achilles tendinitis. The veteran left-hander had a cool 2.18 ERA in 41 1/3 innings of relief last season for the Nationals.
Wed, May 25, 2016 08:53:00 AM

Matt Thornton (heel) is on track to join the Padres' bullpen this weekend in Arizona.

That update comes from Padres manager Andy Green, via Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Thornton allowed an unearned run on two hits in his rehab debut Saturday with High-A Lake Elsinore. He was scheduled to make his second rehab appearance Tuesday. The veteran lefty has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training because of tendinitis in his left Achilles tendon.
Tue, May 24, 2016 10:56:00 PM

Matt Thornton (Achilles) has begun a rehab assignment with High Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Thornton has been out all season with left Achilles tendinitis but is finally game-ready. He shouldn't need too many rehab appearances before being activated.
Sun, May 22, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Matt Thornton (heel) will throw a batting practice session Wednesday.

It'll be his first time facing live hitters since he landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with left Achilles tendinitis. Thornton could be ready before the end of the month if he's able to avoid setbacks, but he's on a minor league contract with the Padres and not guaranteed a spot in the major league bullpen.
Tue, May 10, 2016 09:06:00 PM

Matt Thornton (Achilles) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

He shed his walking boot about two weeks and just recently resumed throwing. Saturday was his third bullpen session since the injury. "It’s healing, but it’s not healed," said Thornton. "We’re getting closer." Thornton said he'll advance to full body weight jogging on a treadmill next week, but there's still no timetable for his return.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 09:49:00 PM

Padres placed LHP Matt Thornton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 4, with left Achilles tendinitis.

Thornton was apparently hurt on Opening Day, although he hasn't pitched yet this season. He'll be in a walking boot for two weeks before being re-evaluated. Robbie Erlin has taken his spot in the bullpen.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Padres purchased the contract of LHP Matt Thornton from Triple-A El Paso.

Thornton had to settle for a minor league deal with the Padres in early March and ultimately earned a spot despite allowing nine runs (eight earned) over six innings this spring. The 39-year-old will function as a lefty specialist in San Diego's bullpen.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Padres signed LHP Matt Thornton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Thornton finally has a new home after four long months of waiting. The veteran southpaw posted an impressive 2.18 ERA across 60 relief appearances last season for the Nationals while holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 slash line. He should prove to be a massive bargain for the Friars.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:32:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.

The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Feb 7, 2016 10:23:00 AM

Free agent reliever Matt Thornton said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "waiting for a team to show serious interest."

Thornton believes that he has proved himself and has considered walking away from the game if he doesn't get a guaranteed major league deal. The 39-year-old posted a 2.18 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings with the Nationals last season and held left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have been in touch with the agent for free agent reliever Matt Thornton.

Antonio Bastardo is a free agent, so the Pirates would have a need for another left-hander assuming he signs elsewhere. However, Nesbitt hears that it's not a top priority right now. Thornton, 39, had a 2.18 ERA over 60 appearances this past season with the Nationals, but his strikeout rate decreased nearly five percent from 2014.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:41:00 PM

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