Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) extended his long toss out to 150 feet Tuesday, Evan Drellich of CSNNE.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander has been making incremental progress in his recovery from a shoulder impingement, gradually increasing his throwing distance in long toss over the past several weeks. Manager John Farrell recently suggested Thornburg could begin a rehab assignment in the not-too-distant future, but the Red Sox will likely want to see Thornburg throw at least one bullpen session before assigning him to a minor-league affiliate. He's expected to need a lengthy rehab assignment.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Manager John Farrell indicated that Thornburg (shoulder) could soon begin pitching in rehab games, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports. "We're hopeful that's in the [not-too-distant] future," Farrell said.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox are still limiting Thornburg to taking part in long toss from 150 feet, but it sounds like there's growing momentum for him to advance to the next phase of his throwing program. If Thornburg is given clearance to throw bullpen sessions in the coming days, he'd likely begin a rehab assignment soon thereafter. According to Drellich, Farrell suggested that because Thornburg has been sidelined since late February while battling a shoulder impingement, the right-hander will essentially need to go through spring training all over again. That likely means he'll need around seven-to-10 rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list, so Thornburg is probably trending toward a late-May return, at the earliest.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) remains limited to throwing long toss and has yet to resume mound work, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's now been a full month since Thornburg last threw off a mound, and with bullpen sessions seemingly not imminent for the 28-year-old, it looks like his season debut could still be several weeks away. While Thornburg has been out, Matt Barnes has stepped up to serve as the primary setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) made nearly 30 throws out to 60-70 feet Wednesday, Julian Benbow of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg had been expected to be Boston's eighth-inning bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel, but a shoulder impingement during spring training delayed his preparation. And that has left some uncertainty in the role he'd been acquired to fill. After manager John Farrell went to a matchup-based setup strategy, he's settled on Matt Barnes to execute the eighth inning. Thornburg will stay on the throwing program, gradually pushing out the distance before he gets on a mound. From there, it's a rehabilitation appearance. If all goes well, he could be back by the end of April.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) could begin a throwing program Wednesday, WEEI's Evan Drellich reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has been progressing slowly from the shoulder issue, but a throwing program could conceivably put him on track to return in late April. Once healthy, Thornburg has the inside track to the eighth inning, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) is still working to build strength in his shoulder but may start to throw Monday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander is gradually working toward a season debut that could happen as early as May. Whenever he can return to regular-season action, Thornburg will probably need to complete some low-leverage work before reclaiming his title as Boston's backup closer.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) will be evaluated Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg will have the strength of his shoulder checked, the results of which will determine his next step. Once he's cleared to begin throwing, it could take a month before he's ready to pitch in a major-league game.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

This move seemed bound to happen, as Thornburg had recently been diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and was shut down from throwing for a week. Information regarding his eventual return should become available once he resumes throwing.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (shoulder) was diagnosed with a shoulder impingement Tuesday and will not throw for a week, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although it isn't a dire situation, injuries of this nature typically take a good chunk of time to heal. Thornburg will be re-evaluated after a week of rest, but this setback could keep the right-hander out for more than the minimum 15 days required of a DL stint. His timetable should become clearer as he gets back to throwing in the next few weeks.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
1 year ago

Thornburg (back) is likely headed for the DL to start the season, but the Red Sox won't know until further testing is done Tuesday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg was scratched from his appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm, and the latest setback will likely mean a stint on the DL to begin the season, general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed. Scott Lauber of ESPN noted the injury is not related to the shoulder weakness that had sidelined Thornburg previously, which is positive news. The 28-year-old will head for an MRI on Tuesday, and there will likely be a firmer timetable after the results are disclosed. With Thornburg likely out for some time to start the season, Joe Kelly will presumably slide into the setup role, while Robby Scott is now a candidate to make the Opening Day roster as the third lefty in the bullpen.