Red Sox Injury Report: Reliever Tyler Thornburg To Miss Entire Season Having Never Pitched For The Red Sox
The trade for Tyler Thornburg continues to look worse and worse for the Boston Red Sox with an update on the reliever not good for Boston.
The Red Sox announced on Thursday that Thornburg would undergo season-ending surgery on his throwing shoulder Friday. The Red Sox said they expect Thornburg to be ready for 2018.
The procedure is to treat thoracic outlet syndrome and is to be performed by Dr. Robert Thompson at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which is home to a medical center for that syndrome at Washington University. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was operated on by the same doctor.
Per the Mayo Clinic’s website, thoracic outlet syndrome “is a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.”
Thornburg was placed on the disabled list with a right should impingement to start the year but sometime in May the Red Sox acknowledged something else was going wrong with him.
For Boston, the Thornburg trade looks worse and worse with Travis Shaw having success for the Brewers and Thornburg being unavailable for the Red Sox. The Thornburg news gives some insight into what the Red Sox scouting department has been up to lately. Just last week the team was scouting Royals reliever Mike Minor, the Red Sox bullpen has been overworked and with Carson Smith projected to return within the month they might get away without making another trade.
But even with the bullpen pitching well and an imminent return of Carson Smith there is still a need for a late inning reliever who can help bolster the overworked pen. With Thornburg now ruled out maybe it is going to come via a trade, or it could be through a player down in AAA-Pawtucket like Noe Ramirez, Brandon Workman, or the recently called up Austin Maddox.
Maddox is a 26-year-old right-hander who is 1-1 with three saves and a 1.33 ERA over 18 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He has allowed only one earned run in his last 13 innings between the clubs, posting a 0.69 ERA and limiting hitters to a .196 batting average in that time.
For Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox the Thornburg era still has a chance to turn out well with the reliever arbitration eligible through the 2019 season.