Thornton was designated for assignment Saturday. After a lackluster July where Thornton posted a 9.45 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over eight appearances, the Padres are sending him on assignment. San Diego also signed Clayton Richard to a contract recently which gives them breathing room in the bullpen. Thornton will likely head to Triple-A El Paso now unless he gets picked up by another organization during his waiver period.
Thornton (Achilles) was activated off the disabled list Saturday. The Padres gain another veteran lefty in the bullpen with the activation of Thornton, who has been on the DL since the first week of the season due to Achilles tendinitis. Lefty Keith Hessler was optioned to Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding move Saturday.
Thornton (Achilles) is close to returning from the disabled list but won't be activated Friday, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports. The veteran southpaw is with the team as they start a weekend series with the Diamondbacks, but Lin explains that that has to do with the fact that Thornton has a home near Chase Field. He won't come off the DL on Friday, but Thornton did tell reporters that he feels very close to rejoining the team. Once Thornton is activated, the likes of Luis Perdomo or Keith Hessler could be bumped out of the Padres' bullpen.
Thornton (Achilles) could return to the Padres as early as Friday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Thornton was roughed up a bit in his most recent rehab appearance, giving up two runs on two hits in an inning with High-A Lake Elsinore, but his Achilles is feeling much better and is even holding up through PFP during games. No official move has been made yet, but it seems as if the veteran left-hander is very close to making his debut in the Padres bullpen.
Thornton (left Achilles tendinitis) began his rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Saturday, MLB.com's Bill Center reports. He gave up one unearned run in one inning, and will likely continue with rehab outings over the next week or two before being ready to join the big league bullpen.