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Tyler Thornburg | Relief Pitcher | #47

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 189
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Charleston Southern
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 3 (0) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Tyler Thornburg (arm) hasn't thrown off a mound since March 1.

Thornburg has been going through a "dead arm" period. He had been slated to return to the mound Tuesday but wound up throwing on flat ground instead. It's obviously not ideal with Opening Day just over three weeks away, but Thornburg should ultimately be fine.
Mar 10 - 2:28 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Sunday that they will back off Tyler Thornburg for a bit as he's dealing with a dead arm period.

Thornburg told reporters on Saturday, "I've thrown a lot of pitches in both outings, so I'm taking a little bit of time off to just recover from that". The right-hander was supposed to appear in a game over the weekend which was changed to a side session and then pushed back until Tuesday. He has been tagged for nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 5 - 8:45 PM

Tyler Thornburg had another ugly outing Wednesday, giving up four runs -- three earned -- in two-thirds of an inning against the Orioles.

It's too soon to panic here, but nervous Red Sox fans will already be starting to wonder if this is the team's latest colossal blunder in trading for relievers. Thornburg has given up nine runs -- seven earned -- over 1 1/3 innings in his two appearances. His velocity seems fine, but the fastball command obviously isn't there yet. Then again, he had a 10.24 ERA for Milwaukee last spring before turning in an excellent season out of the pen.
Mar 1 - 5:02 PM

Tyler Thornburg was pasted for five runs -- four earned -- on four hits while getting only two outs against the Twins on Saturday.

He also walked a batter and struck one out. All four of the hits were singles and there was a Mookie Betts error and a sacrifice fly mixed in. It was a gruesome stat line for Thornburg but he remains in line to serve as an elite set-up man for closer Craig Kimbrel this season.
Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

Red Sox and RHP Tyler Thornburg avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract.

Acquired from the Brewers in a trade last month, Thornburg was arbitration-eligible this offseason for the first time. He held a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings in 2016 and will set up in Boston in 2017.
Jan 13 - 4:18 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Mauricio Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:04:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

The return package hasn't been confirmed, but Travis Shaw is expected to be part of the deal while prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington are also reportedly involved. It's a high price, but the Red Sox feel that's worth it to bring Thornburg aboard in a set-up role. The 28-year-old is coming off a brilliant 2016 where he posted a 2.15 ERA and 90/25 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, which makes him cheaper than some of the huge prices we are seeing in free agency. With Thornburg out of the picture, the Brewers will likely go with Corey Knebel as their closer in 2017.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Tyler Thornburg tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Friday for his seventh save.

Thornburg worked around a one-out walk to lock down the victory. The 27-year-old has been spotless since taking over the closer role in Milwaukee and owns a brilliant 1.75 ERA and 74/20 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 10:42:00 PM

Tyler Thornburg converted his fifth save of the season in Monday's win over the Rockies.

Thornburg protected the two-run lead without a sweat, getting a flyout and a pair of swinging strikeouts to nail down the victory. He's allowed just one hit over eight scoreless appearances this month since taking over as the Brewers' closer.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Tyler Thornburg struck out one Braves' batter in a clean ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season on Wednesday.

He has not been officially named as the closer but Thornburg is the obvious choice in the Milwaukee bullpen. He has a 2.12 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings. Those stats stack up nicely to the elite closers in the league. He doesn't have a long track record of pitching this well though. This is the 27-year-old's first season of stellar results.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 11:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Sandy Leon
2Blake Swihart
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
3Marco Hernandez
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
3Matt Dominguez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
4Carlos Quentin
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Henry Owens
9Kyle Kendrick
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott
10Noe Ramirez