Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg (arm) faced four batters in his outing Friday, notching two strikeouts and a walk over 20 pitches, Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

An arm issue has forced Thornburg to work on the side over the last two weeks, but he made steady progress in his recent bullpen sessions and got back into game action Friday. He faced the Twins' Low-A Affiliate. Provided that his arm responds well to the increased activity on Saturday, the Red Sox will likely schedule his next outing within the coming days.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg (arm) threw 20 pitches in the bullpen with a hitter standing in Tuesday and will pitch in a game Friday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was thought that he would get into a minor league game Tuesday, but he wound up just throwing a bullpen session. Thornburg still hopes to be ready for the start of the season, but it is by no means a certainty. Joe Kelly would presumably slot into the setup role if Thornburg misses time.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg (arm) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Tuesday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg came out of Saturday's bullpen session without incident and will now begin the progression toward the regular season. The Red Sox feel there's enough time remaining in the Grapefruit League season for him to be ready by Opening Day. If he's not, the backup plan calls for Joe Kelly to pitch the eighth inning for Boston.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg (arm) will need to prove he's healthy and pitching effectively to start the season as the eighth-inning set up man, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg threw a bullpen session Saturday, after which he and the coaching staff had a long huddle, according to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. Manager John Farrell said if Thornburg is not ready to handle the setup role, Joe Kelly will pitch the eighth inning.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg (arm) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

He hasn't made an appearance since March 1 while fighting through a dead arm phase, but manager John Farrell hasn't ruled out the possibility of Thornburg being ready to go by Opening Day. The bullpen went well on Wednesday, and if he gets through Saturday's session with no setbacks, Thornburg could see game action early next week. Once he returns, the 28-year-old is expected to slot in behind closer Craig Kimbrel as the top setup man, although Farrell could ease him back into things in lower-leverage situations to begin the season.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg (arm) was able to throw out to 200 feet from flat ground Monday and is on track to pitch off a mound Wednesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Thornburg hasn't made an appearance since March 1 while fighting through a dead arm phase, he seems to have turned the corner in recent days. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out the possibility of Thornburg being ready to go for Opening Day, but in order for that to materialize, he'll need to progress to facing hitters, which could happen at some point next week. Thornburg is eventually expected to settle in as the top setup man to closer Craig Kimbrel, though the newly-acquired reliever's struggles this spring could prompt Farrell to turn to him in lower-leverage situations to begin the season.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg is expected to throw off a bullpen mound "in the coming days" to work on mechanical issues, according to Boston manager John Farrell, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg's case is an odd one. The right-hander has not pitched in a game since March 1, but is not injured according to Farrell, who said Thornburg is in no danger of being left off the Opening Day roster. Farrell explained that Thornburg, like any pitcher new to the organization, has been going through Boston's shoulder-maintenance program and is currently adapting to that. The reliever's adjustment to Boston's program, which brought about a dead-arm period, is believed to be unrelated to the mechanical issues related to his timing.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
11 months ago

Thornburg is long-tossing out to 120 feet, but still hasn't thrown off a mound since March 1, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander is battling through a "dead-arm period," characterized by shaky command of his pitches. Thornburg has allowed seven earned runs in just 1.1 innings pitched this spring and was forced to throw off flat ground this week instead of completing his scheduled side session. Despite the early setbacks, the team fully expects the reliever to be ready for Opening Day. Monitor the situation as Thornburg works his way back to normal activities over the coming weeks.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
12 months ago

Thornburg is battling both mechanics and what he called a "dead-arm period," Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. The right-handed reliever has been tagged for nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits while recording just four outs in two spring appearances.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox had bumped Thornburg from game action to a side session Sunday, then pushed that session to Tuesday, opting instead to have him throw off flat ground Sunday. "It's been more timing in his delivery. He's out of sync right now," manager John Farrell said Sunday morning. "His body is drifting to the plate too quickly. You see a number of pitches left up of the strike zone up to his arm-side."

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
12 months ago

Thornburg allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg's appeared in two games this spring and has yet to finish an inning he's started, permitting nine runs on seven hits and two walks over 1.1 innings. "His arm is late. The delivery is not in sync. You see a number of pitches up," manager John Farrell told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. "This is a guy that's had a lot of recent success, but we've got to sharpen some things up." Thornburg has a history of bad springs, but Farrell wants to be proactive and figure out how to fix Thornburg's shaky command, rather than accept that bad springs are a natural course of events for the right-hander.