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Tyler Thornburg | Relief Pitcher | #47

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 202
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Charleston Southern
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (0) / MLW
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Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that he's hopeful Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will be ready for rehab games "not in the too distant future."
Thornburg is still limited to long tossing as he makes his way back from a right shoulder impingement and still needs to stretch things out to 150-plus feet. Farrell added that he'll basically need to go through spring training before joining the Red Sox, so he's likely looking at several appearances in the minors. He's still a ways off. Apr 25 - 1:01 PM

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Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) remained limited to long tossing.

Thornburg hasn't thrown off a mound in a month as he works his way back from a right shoulder impingement. Obviously, he's not going to be rejoining the Red Sox' bullpen anytime soon.
Apr 23 - 12:25 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) is on track to begin a throwing program on Wednesday.

Previous reports indicated that Thornburg could potentially resume throwing on Monday, but like many on the Red Sox, he came down with the flu. The 28-year-old is working his way back from a right shoulder impingement and there's no clear timetable for his return.
Apr 11 - 1:07 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) is also dealing with the flu.

Of course he is. At this point, it might be easier to list who doesn't have the flu on the Red Sox. Thornburg was originally expected to resume throwing Monday as he works back from a right shoulder impingement, but that's going to be pushed back.
Apr 10 - 11:33 AM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) could resume a throwing program Monday.

The hope was that he would be cleared to throw on Thursday, but Thornburg still needs to continue with his strengthening program for a few more days. There's no timetable for the reliever's return.
Apr 7 - 11:15 AM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will go through a battery of tests in the weight room and in the training room on Thursday.

Depending on how the tests go, it will be determined whether he can resume a throwing program or further strengthening is needed. Thornburg is currently in shutdown mode after being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement. Even if he's cleared to throw, it's going to be a while before he's ready to pitch in a game.
Apr 6 - 11:30 AM

Red Sox placed RHP Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

The Red Sox have a bad habit of acquiring damaged goods with Drew Pomeranz and now Thornburg. With Thornburg on the shelf, either Joe Kelly or Matt Barnes will open the season as the bridge to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.
Apr 1 - 8:49 PM

Tyler Thornburg has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and will be shut down from throwing for 10 days.

He'll be re-evaluated after that, but it's an injury that figures to keep Thornburg on the shelf for a while even if all goes well from here on out. Acquired via trade from the Brewers over the winter, Thornburg had been in line to be the club's Opening Day setup man. However, he was limited to just two appearances this spring due to a "dead arm" and now the shoulder issue.
Mar 28 - 4:38 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will undergo testing -- likely an MRI -- on Tuesday.

Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm. He's also battled a "dead arm" phase this spring, as he's been limited to just two spring outings. The testing "is going to hopefully give us more information on what we're actually dealing with here," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "What the root cause to a spasm is, that I don't know at this point."
Mar 27 - 5:20 PM

Tyler Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm.

That's not good news for a guy who hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 1. He's been working through a dead arm phase, and this trapezius spasm -- even if it turns out to be minor -- will steer him toward the disabled list ahead of Opening Day. Thornburg was acquired from the Brewers in December after registering a brilliant 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings last season.
Mar 27 - 1:04 PM

While the Red Sox believe that Tyler Thornburg (arm) will be ready for Opening Day, he'll be eased into the primary setup role in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.

Thornburg looked good in a minor league game on Friday and there's growing optimism about his status for the start of the regular season. It sounds like he'll begin the year in lower leverage situations though until he shows that he's fully back to form. In that case, Joe Kelly would likely function in the eighth inning role.
Mar 25 - 9:58 AM

Tyler Thornburg (arm) walked one and struck out two over a scoreless inning in a minor league game Friday.

He was clocked in the 91-94 mph range with his fastball. Thornburg has been going through a "dead arm" phase that has limited him to just two Grapefruit League appearances. However, Friday's showing looks to be a positive step and there remains hope that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 24 - 1:32 PM

Tyler Thornburg (arm) is scheduled to return to game action on Friday.

Thornburg, who has been slowed this month while going through a dead arm phase, threw 20 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday with a hitter standing in. Time is running out, but he's still hoping to be ready for the season. If not, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that Joe Kelly and Heath Hembree would move up the depth chart.
Mar 21 - 10:42 AM

Tyler Thornburg (arm) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Saturday.

Thornburg made it through a light bullpen session Wednesday without issue and will throw with a little more effort in his next mound workout. He's been battling through a dead arm phase since the beginning of March, but the new Red Sox setup man looks to be on the right track now. He could return to Grapefruit League action next week.
Mar 16 - 3:30 PM

Tyler Thornburg (arm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Thornburg is working through a dead arm phase and hasn't thrown off a mound since March 1. He still has time to get properly prepared for the start of the 2017 regular season, but Wednesday's mound workout will have to go smoothly. The right-handed setup man put up a dominant 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings last season for Milwaukee.
Mar 13 - 11:34 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott