Thornton allowed five runs (zero earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out two in one inning Monday against the Rays.
None of the five runs to cross the plate in the first inning were earned due to a fielding error, but Thornton struggled to record the first three outs in his appearance as Toronto's opener. Before fanning the final batter of the frame, he walked in a run and gave up a grand slam. Following his latest outing, the right-hander owns a 2.59 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 24:10 K:BB across 24.1 innings on the season.
The Blue Jays announced Thornton would start Monday's game against the Rays, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
Two of Thornton's 14 appearances on the season have come as a starter, though he's served as more of an opener on both occasions. Expect that trend to continue Monday, with Thornton likely to work between two or three innings before turning the game over to the bull. Ross Stripling was initially lined up to start Monday, so he could end up acting as a primary pitcher out of the bullpen if Toronto elects to go that route.
Thornton (1-1) allowed two runs on a hit and two walks with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings, taking the loss Friday versus Philadelphia.
Thornton had little trouble in the sixth inning, but he walked two batters in the seventh, and Tim Mayza allowed both of his inherited runners to score. That left Thornton with the loss. He has a 3.15 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 18:8 K:BB across 20 innings this season. Thornton has logged more than one inning in 10 of his 12 appearances, so he's unlikely to see much high-leverage work.
Thornton (1-0) secured the win over Atlanta on Tuesday, firing a scoreless seventh inning during which he allowed one hit and did not record any walks or strikeouts.
Thornton was called upon to pitch in the seventh and surrendered a double to Cristian Pache after getting two easy outs but was able to get out of the inning with no harm done. The Blue Jays tacked on three runs in the eighth and were able to eventually notch the 5-3 victory, which secured the 27-year-old his first win since September 2019. Thornton has a solid 2.45 ERA over 18.1 innings, but his 1.20 WHIP suggests he's still letting men on too often.
Thornton didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Nationals. He gave up two runs on three hits while fanning two across 2.1 innings.
Thornton worked as the opener and didn't stay enough in the game long enough to take part in the decision, but his final stat line didn't turn heads by any means. Toronto is still waiting on Nate Pearson (groin) and Ross Stripling (forearm) to return from the injured list, so Thornton might remain in the rotation for the short-term future.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Thornton will serve as the opening pitcher for Tuesday's bullpen game against the Nationals, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Toronto is still waiting on Nate Pearson (groin) and Ross Stripling (forearm) to return from the injured list, so Thornton will make a second straight "spot start" to open the Blue Jays' five-game week. Thornton tossed two innings and 25 pitches in his last turn as an opener April 21, and he shouldn't push significantly past that distance Tuesday. Montoyo mentioned Tommy Milone as one of the relievers likely to eat innings once Thornton exits.
Thornton pitched two innings against Boston on Wednesday, allowing no runs on two hits without walking or striking out a batter. He did not factor in the decision.
Thornton made his first start of the campaign Wednesday, but he was limited to 25 pitches despite yielding only two hits. The right-hander started 29 games during his rookie season in 2019 before elbow issues held him to just three appearances last season. He could work his way back into a traditional starting role at some point, but for now his role seems to be confined to that of a long reliever and short-inning opener.
Thornton will start Wednesday's game at Boston, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The 27-year-old will make his first start of the season in Wednesday's series finale, and he figures to be limited to a few innings since he's topped out at 34 pitches through five appearances this season. Anthony Kay and Tommy Milone should be in the mix as bulk options behind Thornton.
Thornton is expected to piggyback starter T.J. Zeuch in Sunday's game against the Yankees, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Though Thornton missed out on a spot in the Blue Jays' Opening Day rotation, the coaching staff wants to keep him stretched out in the event the team's starting depth takes more hits as the season goes along. Since Zeuch maxed out at three innings over his four Grapefruit League outings, he likely won't be asked to work deep into his first start of the regular season, leaving the door open for Thornton to work as a bulk reliever. Zeuch isn't expected to make more than one turn through the rotation, so Thornton could transition into more of a multi-inning relief role after Sunday.
The Blue Jays informed Thornton that he would be included on the Opening Day roster as a member of the bullpen, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
According to Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, manager Charlie Montoyo said the Blue Jays are still planning to develop Thornton as a starter, but the organization's ample rotation depth will force him to bide his time in the bullpen until an injury or two opens up an opportunity for him. Thornton should deliver better ratios while he works in relief, but the lower volume of innings and less predictable pitching schedule will make it tough to mine fantasy value from him.
Thornton gave up three hits and a walk over three scoreless innings during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. He struck out three.
Making his first start of the spring, Thornton tossed 47 pitches (31 strikes) and shut down a lineup that featured all of the Yankees' big bats aside from Luke Voit. The right-hander's late start to camp has prevented him from factoring into the rotation mix to begin the regular season, but Thornton could provide valuable innings in long relief behind a potentially shaky starting five aside from Hyun Jin Ryu.
Thornton struck out four over two perfect innings in his first Grapefruit League action of the year Friday against the Tigers.
He threw 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes. Thornton had a delayed start to camp as he recovered from September surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, so he may not have time to get stretched out for a rotation role despite the team's need in that area, but he could still provide valuable innings right away as the Jays look to cover for the absence of Nate Pearson (groin).
Thornton (elbow) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Thornton has been brought along slowly this spring as he works his way back from September surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. He could still have time to get fully up to speed by Opening Day, though there's no guarantee he spends that day as a member of the major-league roster. The Blue Jays intend to have Thornton stretch out for starting duty this spring, but the team doesn't appear to have a spot open in the rotation for him.
Thornton is stretching out as a starter in camp, though the Blue Jays may wind up using him in a relief role, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Thornton made three starts last season but lasted a combined 5.2 innings and gave up seven runs. He was shut down with an elbow injury, though he's throwing without restrictions to start camp. In a full season as primarily a starter in 2019, his 4.84 ERA certainly didn't turn many heads. A bullpen role is his clearest path to big-league innings this season, though he could wind up remaining stretched out as a starter in the minors.
General manager Ross Atkins said Friday that Thornton (elbow) is beginning spring training with no restrictions, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
The 27-year-old was able to avoid Tommy John surgery and instead had loose bodies removed from his right elbow at the start of September, but he's ready to go for the start of spring workouts. Thornton struggled before being shut down in 2020 with seven runs and 15 hits allowed over 5.2 innings, and he faces long odds of cracking the Blue Jays' starting rotation to open 2021.
Thornton underwent surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow Tuesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Tommy John surgery appeared to be potentially on the table when it was reported Monday that Thornton was meeting with Dr. James Andrews, but the procedure he wound up undergoing was a different one. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2021 campaign.
Thornton (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
Andrews' name has become synonymous with Tommy John surgery, though previous reports indicated that Thornton wasn't expected to go under the knife to address his elbow injury, which has been described as inflammation. Whether or not that remains the case should become clear following his visit.
The Blue Jays transferred Thornton (elbow) to the 45-day injured list Thursday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Though Thornton is expected to avoid surgery after he exited his Aug. 23 start with right elbow inflammation, his move to the 45-day IL will nonetheless spell an early end to his season. Before being shut down, Thornton made three starts for the Blue Jays, giving up seven runs on 15 hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Taijuan Walker, whom the Blue Jays acquired from the Mariners on Thursday to bolster their rotation depth.
The Blue Jays placed Thornton (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Monday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Toronto recalled reliever Travis Bergen from the taxi squad to take Thornton's spot on the 28-man active roster, but the team will first require a replacement for the right-hander in the rotation Friday against the Orioles. Anthony Kay covered three innings of long relief after Thornton exited Sunday's loss to the Rays with the injury, so Kay would represent a logical option to fill the opening in the Jays' pitching schedule. Thornton is first eligible to return from the IL on Sept. 3.
Thornton was removed early in his start Sunday against the Rays with right elbow inflammation. He worked around two hits and struck out two over a scoreless first inning before departing.
According to Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, manager Charlie Montoyo was hoping that Thornton would at least be able to cover two innings Sunday in his second start since returning from the injured list, but the right-hander was unable to meet that low bar. The Blue Jays will presumably put him through further tests before deciding his next step, but Thornton could be headed back to the IL since it was elbow inflammation that had previously forced his shutdown earlier this month. Anthony Kay came on in long relief for Thornton and could be a candidate to fill the vacancy in the rotation if Thornton is forced to miss time.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/20||@ BAL||W 7-4||1.0||2||3||0||1|
|06/18||@ BAL||L 1-7||1.2||1||0||0||3|
|06/16||vs NYY||L 2-3||1.1||1||0||0||2|
|06/13||@ BOS||W 18-4||2.0||2||1||0||2|
|06/08||@ CHW||L 1-6||1||0.1||2||3||1||0|
|06/05||vs HOU||W 6-2||2.0||1||0||0||3|
|06/02||vs MIA||W 6-5||1.0||1||1||0||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||46.0||7||7||0||3||1||0||35||5||42||2.35||1.022|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||16.1||4||3||0||1||2||0||13||0||25||6.15||1.553|