Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
2 weeks ago

Thornburg signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with Boston on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

This deal allowed Thornburg and the club to avoid arbitration heading into the 2019 season. The right-hander appeared in 25 games for the Red Sox this past year, logging a pedestrian 5.63 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 24 innings of relief. He will look to secure an Opening Day roster spot this spring, though that is far from a certainty considering how his previous two years have unfolded in Boston.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
3 months ago

Thornburg was shut down for the remainder of the 2018 season due to a lack of command on the mound, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg hasn't pitched since Sept. 14 when he logged another poor outing against the Mets. According to manager Alex Cora, he just didn't have the ability to bounce back and it has since become apparent that Cora doesn't trust the right-hander in any sort of situation. Per Cotillo, Thornburg is "looking forward" to having a regular offseason after dealing with shoulder injuries the past couple years.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
4 months ago

Thornburg worked around a pair of hits to pitch a scoreless inning in Thursday's 7-0 win over Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

It's been a while since we've seen Thornburg in a high-leverage spot. Sixteen of his 19 appearances are considered low-leverage. The Red Sox acquired him from Milwaukee in 2016 to be a setup man, but manager Alex Cora has shown more trust to Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly and Ryan Brasier. Thornburg has had two clean appearances over his last 10 outings, allowing 16 baserunners in 9.2 innings. He's managed to pitch out of jams, but that's not a trait you want in a short reliever.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
5 months ago

Thornburg struck out one in a scoreless inning in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg has retired 10 consecutive batters in four appearances since making mechanical changes to his delivery. He's made just nine appearances since returning from a shoulder injury that wiped out a year-and-a-half, but is pitching well right now. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told Christopher Smith of MassLive.com that he needs to be wary of the workload being placed on Thornburg, but he could eventually become a pivotal high-leverage reliever for the Red Sox.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
5 months ago

Thornburg fixed his mechanics and retired the side on seven pitches in the ninth inning of Sunday's 9-1 win over Detroit, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg was lit up Saturday when he allowed three runs on two hits, including a home run to the light-hitting Jose Iglesias, prompting Red Sox coaches to look at some video of the pitcher when he was with Milwaukee. Manager Alex Cora said they found something, so he wanted to get Thornburg back in a game to work on it. The result was a perfect 1-2-3 inning in which the right-hander threw just seven pitches, all for strikes. "Yeah that was good," Cora said. "Fastballs up in the zone. They found something mechanically that they feel from now on he should be fine. That was good to see." The outing was the first time Thornburg has thrown on consecutive days since he was activated earlier this month. If he continues to pitch as he did Sunday, Thornburg could be a more reliable eighth-inning bridge than either Matt Barnes or Joe Kelly.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
5 months ago

Thornburg allowed one run on one hit in one inning in Friday's 10-5 win over the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg, who last pitched in a major league game Oct. 2, 2016, made his debut for the Red Sox in a decidedly low-leverage spot, entering with Boston holding an 8-1 lead. It's been a long time coming for both Thornburg and the Red Sox, who acquired the right-hander from Milwaukee 576 days ago. He allowed a triple to the first batter faced -- it was Lucas Duda's first three-bagger in seven years -- then retired the final three batters. Ideally, Thornburg works his way into a setup role, but that won't come until he gets acclimated to throwing in this environment and if he's getting batters out consistently.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
5 months ago

The Red Sox activated Thornburg (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Wednesday's game against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

More than a year and half after he was shipped to Boston from Milwaukee, Thornburg is finally set to make his Red Sox debut. The right-hander was sidelined for the entire 2017 campaign after requiring surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome and spent the first three months of the current season rehabbing. After incurring no setbacks during an extended rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, Thornburg shouldn't face any restrictions upon joining the Red Sox. He'll likely have to excel in low-leverage spots out of the bullpen before manager Alex Cora is comfortable using the right-hander as a setup man, the role Boston likely envision him filling in front of Craig Kimbrel when he was acquired. In his last big-league season with the Brewers in 2016, Thornburg posted a 2.15 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 90 strikeouts over 67 frames.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
5 months ago

The Red Sox will activate Thornburg (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg has seemed to be near a return since May, but his Red Sox debut finally appears imminent. The 29-year-old has not seen the field with Boston since being traded from Milwaukee in December 2016. The right-hander will likely start out in a low or mid-leverage role for the Red Sox bullpen, and has a career 2.87 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 219.2 innings.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
6 months ago

Thornburg (shoulder) will likely be activated from the 10-day disabled list within the next few days, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg is close to completing his rehab assignment, at which point he figures to join Boston's bullpen. In his last minor-league outing at Double-A Portland, he allowed one run on two hits while striking out three across two innings. Thornburg hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2016 season with Milwaukee.

Tyler Thornburg
RP BOS
6 months ago

Thornburg (shoulder) allowed one run on two hits and struck out three over two innings for Double-A Portland on Wednesday, Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornburg is closing in on the end of his 30-day rehabilitation stint -- his second rehab assignment after the first was shut down -- and the Red Sox still don't know what they have in the right-hander. Wednesday was the first multi-inning outing, and he still hasn't thrown on consecutive days. He's expected to pitch again Friday and then rejoin the Red Sox on Sunday when the team will figure out his next step.