Thornton was designated for assignment Saturday.
After a lackluster July in which Thornton posted a 9.45 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over eight appearances, the Padres deemed him expendable when they signed Clayton Richard on Saturday. Thornton will likely head to Triple-A El Paso 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.
Thornton (Achilles) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday but still remains without a timetable for return, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Thornton's Achilles is said to be healing but still needs added time to heal completely. The left-hander intends to ramp up running activities within a week but manager Andy Green indicated that fielding practice will be an important benchmark to surpass before a return to the diamond becomes a legitimate possibility. The 39-year-old was placed on the 15-day DL on April 8.
Thornton (Achilles) will be in a walking boot for two weeks, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Thornton is recovering from left Achilles tendinitis and the walking boot is likely to prevent any possibility of further injury. The 39-year-old will look to build off a fantastic 2015 season in which he posted a 2.18 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 41.3 innings of relief.
Thornton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to left Achilles tendinitis, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The veteran reliever made the Padres' Opening Day roster this spring after initially being in camp as a non-roster invitee. However, he is dealing with a case of tendinitis in his Achilles tendon that'll shelve him for the time being. The Padres announced that his placement on the disabled list is retroactive to April 4, so the earliest he can return will be April 19. Robbie Erlin was recalled to the bullpen in a corresponding move.
Thornton had his contract selected by the Padres on Sunday, MLB.com reports.
Thornton had been informed last week that he would make the Opening Day roster, and Sunday's move will make it official. Look for the left-hander to serve in middle relief.
Thornton has been informed that he has made the Opening Day roster, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Thornton was a late addition to the team after signing a minor league deal in March, but despite struggling in the spring to the tune of a 12.00 ERA in seven outings, he'll join the bullpen to begin the year. The 39-year-old had one of his better seasons in 2015 with the Nationals, posting a 2.18 ERA in 41.1 innings, and could be a decent source of holds.
Thornton agreed to a minor league deal with the Padres on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Thornton spent 2015 with the Nationals, where he posted one of the better ERAs of his career (2.18) over 41.1 innings. The 39-year-old has a seemingly good chance to make the team based on his track record in the league, and could end up serving as a sneaky option for holds late in drafts. The left-hander offers little strikeout upside, however, as his 5.0 K/9 rate in 2015 was the lowest of his MLB career.
Nationals pitcher Drew Storen may not get all the save chances for the team in the early going, as he has yet to pitch on back-to-back days while dealing with a blister issue, the Washington Post reports.
Storen will use the first week of the season to test and build his stamina as he looks to finish his preparation for the season. With Casey Janssen (shoulder) also dealing with injury issues, it's possible a reliever like Aaron Barrett or Matt Thornton could pick up a save opportunity or two over the next week.
Nationals pitcher Matt Thornton took the loss in Game 4 of the NLDS Tuesday, giving up an earned run on two hits while recording one out in the 3-2 defeat against the Giants that eliminated the Nationals from the playoffs.
Thornton (0-1) followed up a bunt groundout to start the seventh inning by giving up two singles and being pulled from the game. He tossed just five pitches to the three batters he faced. Thornton was put in line for a loss after a walk and a wild pitch brought the lead runner home to break a 2-2 tie. It was Thornton's first earned run in 2 1/3 innings over three postseason appearances.
Nationals pitcher Matt Thornton picked up a win Saturday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-3 victory over the Pirates.
Thornton (1-3) cruised through the top of the ninth Saturday before his offense came through with a walkoff win in the bottom half of the inning. He has delivered 3 2/3 scoreless innings in four appearances since joining the Nationals. Thornton owns a 2.22 ERA and 23:6 K:BB ratio in 28 1/3 total innings.
The Yankees put reliever Matt Thornton on waivers and the Nationals have claimed him Tuesday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Thornton has a 2.55 ERA in 24 2/3 innings as a lefty specialist for the Yankees, and will now join the Nationals bullpen. Corresponding moves for both teams have not been announced.
Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton was hit with the loss Thursday night against the Indians in Cleveland.
Thornton was summoned in the seventh inning and was charged with two runs on two hits over one-third of an inning. He owns a 3.10 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 20 1/3 innings of relief this season.
Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton was stuck with a loss Saturday after a throwing error by the catcher allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the 11th inning of Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Twins.
Thornton (0-2) gave up two hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings while striking out one and surrendering the unearned run, which came on a throwing error by the catcher after Thornton gunned down the lead runner at home plate for the second out of the inning. He owns a 2.33 ERA and 16:6 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings.
Yankees pitcher Matt Thornton was hit with his first loss of the season Monday, giving up two earned runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 9-7 loss to the Mets.
Thornton (0-1) came on in the seventh inning and watched the final out of the inning happen on a failed steal attempt. After a pop out to open the eight, he gave up a double and single in succession to watch the tying run cross the plate. After being removed, the next batter smacked a go-ahead home run to charge Thornton with his second run of the outing. He owns a 5.40 ERA and 5:3 K:BB ratio in 6 2/3 innings.
The Yankees have officially signed reliever Matt Thornton.
The team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster in order to make the move official, which explains why Vernon Wells was designated for assignment early Friday. News that Thornton signed with the club broke in December. Thornton signed a two-year deal.
The Yankees have signed reliever Matt Thornton to a two-year deal, according to the YES Network.
Thornton is set to make $3.5 million each season. Thornton tossed 43 1/3 innings last season, posting a 3.74 ERA. He missed time due to injury, and was not on the Red Sox's postseason roster. Boston declined Thornton's option earlier in the offseason, making him a free-agent.
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