Red Sox: Tyler Thornburg faces another setback

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg had another setback, timetable for pitching now unknown

In yet another strange series of events involving Tyler Thornburg, there is no timetable for when he will able to pitch. He’s been shut down indefinitely as the pain in his shoulder has not gone away. Thornburg still has been unable to throw past 120 feet which spells red flag and has been unable to pitch since this spring.

When John Farrell was asked in regards to the situation involving Thornburg, he said, “We are continuing to gather as much information as possible on what’s going on. I know that’s been a recurring answer to the question about Tyler.” No one knows how long it’s going to take for him to get back on track.

Since he’s not looking forward to throwing anytime soon, I think it’s fair to revisit the trade Dave Dombrowski made to acquire him. The General Manager has got to stop making so many trades. Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. The Sox gave up Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later to the Brewers. To complete the trade, the Sox sent Yeison Coca to finish up the deal.

Shaw was the former Sox standout who played the corner positions in the infield and is having an unbelievable year in Milwaukee so far. He’s posting a .296/11/44/6 line in 55 games. In under 40% of his games played from last season, he’s well on pace to break his totals from last season. So far even Thornburg for Shaw straight up would have seemed like a very lopsided trade.

Dubon at just 22 years old looks like a future stud. He’s got a .289/2/23/29 line in 65 games at AA. You throw this guy in the mix and it looks like Sox management didn’t know what they were doing when they made this move. He’s not hitting the ball as well as he did in 2016 but he’s turned the power into speed as he’s stolen five times the bases this season. Dubon in a few years could be one of the leaders on the squad, a major loss for the Sox.

Pennington still hasn’t pitched in 2017 as he was having surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow during the offseason. Brewers management isn’t sure when or for how long he’ll be out of commission but one thing is for sure, once his rehab starts, he’ll look at becoming a starter slowly once more. Upon his return, he’ll likely start up in single A.

The final player of the deal was Coca who was just sent over a little over a week ago. He’ll be 18 years old this year and it seems almost like highway robbery that the Sox had to send a 4th player over to complete this deal. In the Dominican Summer League in 2016, he posted a .308/1/26/12 slash in 62 games. Clearly doing well as a 17 year old, the Brewers stole another great prospect in the making from the Sox.

What can the Sox expect going forward? Well for the immediate future, you can’t blame fans for thinking they got damaged goods. If it were the San Diego Padres, we could question that they more than likely concealed medical information, hopefully that isn’t the case with the Brewers.

Thornburg hasn’t amounted to anything and if the Sox end up losing their man for longer than a year, this could easily be considered one of the worst moves Dombrowski has ever made as a GM in baseball. Keeping our fingers crossed will only work for so long and at this point, barring a miracle, Thornburg might be done for the season.


Photo Credit – David Goldman – AP Photo


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