15DMatt Thornton RP SD 5 days ago

Thornton (Achilles) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday but still remains without a timetable for return, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thornton's Achilles is said to be healing but still needs added time to heal completely. The left-hander intends to ramp up running activities within a week but manager Andy Green indicated that fielding practice will be an important benchmark to surpass before a return to the diamond becomes a legitimate possibility. The 39-year-old was placed on the 15-day DL on April 8.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 4 weeks ago

Thornton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to left Achilles tendinitis, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran reliever made the Padres' Opening Day roster this spring after initially being in camp as a non-roster invitee. However, he is dealing with a case of tendinitis in his Achilles tendon that'll shelve him for the time being. The Padres announced that his placement on the disabled list is retroactive to April 4, so the earliest he can return will be April 19. Robbie Erlin was recalled to the bullpen in a corresponding move.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 1 month ago

Thornton had his contract selected by the Padres on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thornton had been informed last week that he would make the Opening Day roster, and Sunday's move will make it official. Look for the left-hander to serve in middle relief.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 1 month ago

Thornton has been informed that he has made the Opening Day roster, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thornton was a late addition to the team after signing a minor league deal in March, but despite struggling in the spring to the tune of a 12.00 ERA in seven outings, he'll join the bullpen to begin the year. The 39-year-old had one of his better seasons in 2015 with the Nationals, posting a 2.18 ERA in 41.1 innings, and could be a decent source of holds.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 2 months ago

Thornton agreed to a minor league deal with the Padres on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thornton spent 2015 with the Nationals, where he posted one of the better ERAs of his career (2.18) over 41.1 innings. The 39-year-old has a seemingly good chance to make the team based on his track record in the league, and could end up serving as a sneaky option for holds late in drafts. The left-hander offers little strikeout upside, however, as his 5.0 K/9 rate in 2015 was the lowest of his MLB career.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 1 year ago

Thornton got the final two outs of the seventh inning on Saturday to pick up his first hold of the season.

Nationals' manager Matt Williams seem intent on giving younger arms Blake Treinen and Aaron Barrett a long look in the eighth inning to start the season, but Treinen blew the lead on Saturday and if the kids continue to struggle, Thornton will likely move up a spot or two in the bullpen pecking order.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 1 year ago

Thornton has had a quiet spring, posting a 2.45 ERA and 2:0 K:BB ratio in just 3.2 innings.

There's been nothing wrong with Thornton, but the veteran lefty is simply saving his bullets for when the games start to count, He should be Drew Storen's primary left-handed setup man this season, and after racking up six holds in just 18 games for the Nats last season, he could be a sneaky source of value in that category in 2015.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 2 years ago

Thornton was named by manager Matt Williams as a candidate to see save chances with Rafael Soriano removed from the closer role, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

Since joining the Nationals, Thornton has tossed 9.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts against one walk. For the season, he's held opposing lefties to a .243/.288/.257 batting line, so he could see save chances depending on the matchups, but right-handers Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen seem more likely to receive opportunities in place of Soriano.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 2 years ago

Thornton, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard were all mentioned by Nationals manager Matt Williams as possible ninth-inning replacements for a struggling Rafael Soriano after Friday's game, the Washington Post reports.

Williams hasn't officially taken Soriano out of the closer role just yet, but indications are strong that the veteran reliever will get at least a temporary break from high-leverage use. If Williams makes the switch on Saturday though look for Storen, who only faced one batter on Friday, to get the nod.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 2 years ago

Thornton, who was claimed off waivers Tuesday, has been activated, the Washington Post reports.

Thornton, whom the Nats claimed from the Yankees, will add a third lefty to the bullpen. He brings a 2.55 ERA and has not allowed a home run in his last 40.0 innings. In a corresponding move, Washington optioned Blake Treinen to Triple-A Syracuse.