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Red Sox Injury Report: Thornburg Likely To Start Season On Disabled List

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Red Sox Injury Report: Tyler Thornburg Likely To Start Season On Disabled List

The Boston Red Sox pitching depth just cannot take a break, this time reliever Tyler Thornburg is the pitcher who is dealing with an injury and his availability to start the season is not looking good.

On Monday Thornburg was slated to make a relief appearance but was scratched at the last minute with a with what an upper right trapezius spasm. After the game, both manager John Farrell and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski acknowledged that Thornburg will almost certainly open the year on the DL.

“During the pregame throwing program, he felt like there was some spasm that was taking place in the trap area,” Farrell said. “It wasn’t shoulder-related. So we scratched him from the outing here today. Sent him back early to gain some treatment, and he’s set to have further testing tomorrow.

“It’s hard to say right now he’d have enough frequency of outings and pitch count to build up and to be ready by next Monday. We haven’t made that determination yet. Tomorrow is going to hopefully give us more information on what we’re actually dealing with here. What the root cause to a spasm is, that I don’t know at this point.”

Thornburg has been limited by shoulder discomfort since his last appearance in a big league game on March 1. In two appearance covering just 1 1/3 innings, he allowed nine runs (7 earned). He shut it down to strengthen his shoulder, but hasn’t bounced back as hoped. The Red Sox acquired him from the Brewers over the winter for third baseman Travis Shaw, infielder Mauricio Dubon, and right-hander Josh Pennington in the hopes that he could take over the eighth inning.

He went 8-5 with a 2.15 ERA last year, by far his best season. He struck out 90 in 67 innings and recorded 13 saves. This isn’t his first arm issue. Early in his career, he nearly underwent Tommy John surgery before deciding he could return with rest and rehab. His short and long term viability outlook is very gloomy right now.

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