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46 Matt Thornton RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/235 | Birthdate: 9/15/1976 | Birthplace: Three Rivers, MI | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Washington | College: Grand Valley State | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 365.71
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Matt Thornton takes Game 4 loss, Nationals eliminated


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) 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.


Matt Thornton earns win Saturday vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) 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.


Heyman: Nationals claim Matt Thornton on waivers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) 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. 


Matt Thornton lasts just one-third of an inning in loss to Cleveland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) 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.

Matt Thornton takes loss on walkoff error Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) 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.


Matt Thornton takes loss vs. Mets Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) 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.


Yankees make Matt Thornton signing official


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) 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.


Yankees sign reliever Matt Thornton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) 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.


Red Sox become free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew, who were extended qualifying offers, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was not, Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan and infielder John McDonald have filed for free agency. Relief pitcher Matt Thornton is also a free agent, having had his team option declined.

Red Sox decline option on Matt Thornton


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2013) The Red Sox announced Saturday that they have declined the 2014 contract option for relief pitcher Matt Thornton, the Boston Herald reports. 

Red Sox bypass Matt Thornton on World Series roster


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/23/2013) Despite earlier reports stating the Red Sox were considering adding reliever Matt Thornton to their postseason roster for the World Series, the team decided to keep its existing roster intact, leaving the lefty off.

Thornton has not pitched this postseason and had an 0-4 record with a 3.74 ERA during the regular season with the Red Sox and White Sox.


Matt Thorton could be added to postseason roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) The Red Sox are considering adding reliever Matt Thornton to the team's postseason roster for the World Series.

Thornton hasn't pitched since September 29, and was limited in his appearances since joining the club midseason. He would replace lefty Franklin Morales on the roster. Morales allowed a walk and a two-run single in his only outing against the Tigers.

Thornton had a 3.74 ERA in 43 1/3 innings.


Matt Thornton comes off DL


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton was activated off the disabled list Sunday. Thornton missed three weeks due to a strained oblique. 

Thornton is expected to return to his setup role in the Boston bullpen. He has a 3.47 ERA. 


Matt Thornton could return by end of weekend


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton could be activated from the disabled list as early as Sunday, after he made it through a simulated game Friday without issue with his right oblique injury.

 "We'll check him tomorrow, and then, we'll go one of two ways. It could possibly be an activation for Sunday or, if we determine that he needs another time on the mound, we'll determine it," manager John Farrell told MLB.com Friday. "Most importantly, we just need to check that there's no soreness after today's session, during which he threw the ball very good."

Thornton has been sidelined since Aug. 4 with the injury. 


Matt Thornton returning soon


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton was able to throw a bullpen session at roughly 85-percent intensity on Friday, MLB.com reports. Thornton could return soon from his right oblique injury. He is first eligible to return Aug. 20.

Thornton owns a 3.47 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP through 36 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Matt Thornton making solid progress


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton (oblique) threw off flat ground Tuesday, MassLive.com reports. 

"He threw flat ground today after he threw long toss," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "No symptoms in the oblique that he’s been dealing with, so he’s advancing pretty good given our first initial thought when he first walked off the mound." 

Thornton may return when first eligible on Aug. 20, though he also may end up needing a rehab assignment. 


Matt Thornton placed on disabled list


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) The Red Sox placed reliever Matt Thornton on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 5 with a right oblique strain, MLB.com reports. 

Boston reported Tuesday that Thornton was making good progress in his recovery from the injury. He was hoping to be available shortly, though due to the back date, Thornton will be eligible to return relatively quickly. 


Matt Thornton making solid progress


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Red Sox pitcher Matt Thornton continues to feel improvement with his strained right oblique muscle, MLB.com reports Tuesday. Suffering the injury Sunday, Thornton should be available out of the bullpen soon for Boston. 

"He feels improved, just by going through range of motion type movements," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "If it's not really restricted, he'll play light catch up to 90 feet. A roster decision may have to be made if we don't see further progression by tomorrow. He's improved and we want to give him another day."


Matt Thornton exits with oblique 'issue'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks after six pitches with a right oblique "issue," according to the Boston Herald.

Thornton surrendered a single to Tuffy Gosewisch and appeared to have injured himself while facing Didi Gregorius in the eighth. He was replaced by Drake Britton. Thornton owns a 3.47 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP through 36 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Matt Thornton adjusting to new team


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton is still trying to prove himself in a new city, according to the Boston Herald

Thornton pitched a clean inning Sunday against the Yankees, his first since joining the Red Sox. Thornton said he's still trying to get his keep under him in Boston. "I’m in a new place and I know they want me here. I just have to get back to doing what I do," Thornton said. In his two previous appearances with the club, he allowed a walkoff hit and gave up two inherited runs. 

Thornton has a 3.82 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. 


Matt Thornton unsure about role


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton is not sure what his role will be with the team, according to MLB Network Radio.

Thornton had been used as the primary late-inning lefty with the White Sox, but said Craig Breslow has that role with the Red Sox. Thornton said he would need to "earn [the team's] trust" before he's used in a high-leverage spot. Thornton's only appearance with the team came in the 11th inning. 

Thornton has a 4.08 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. 


Red Sox acquire Matt Thornton from White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2013) The White Sox have traded reliever Matt Thornton and cash to the Red Sox for minor-league outfielder Brandon Jacobs, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.

Thornton went 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Chicago. Jacobs recently was promoted to Triple-A. He batted .246/.334/.444 with 11 homers, 45 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 297 at-bats in the minors.

Report: Red Sox interested in Matt Thornton


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) The Red Sox are reportedly interested in, among other relievers, Chicago's Matt Thornton, FOX Sports reports. 

The White Sox reliever is one on a long list of names the Red Sox might be targeting. Thornton has a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 38 games this season. 


Thornton won't miss any time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2013) The Chicago Sun-Times reports White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, who dealt with minor discomfort in his left elbow and triceps area Tuesday, threw all of his pitches in a 35-pitch bullpen session Sunday. He came away feeling "great." "Aside from being numb from the cold and wind ... everything felt good,'' Thornton said. "Got my work in till I felt like I was starting to fatigue and shut it down.'' Thornton is scheduled to pitch in his first spring game March 5, which was originally planned.

Thornton shows no concern


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2013) The Chicago Sun-Times reports White Sox reliever Matt Thornton, who is sitting out with left elbow discomfort, said Wednesday he expects to throw in a couple of days. "I'm not worried about it at all,'' Thornton said. "We have time to back off a little bit and there's no reason to throw through discomfort on Feb. 19. I'm not worried about it one bit. Just trust [trainer] Hermie [Schneider] to get me right and it will be no problem. I'll be throwing in a couple days here.'' Thornton said the issue is in the back of the elbow and triceps area. "Achy, balky, whatever you want to call it,'' he said. "More than likely the process of throwing every day for a week. Try to get it under control and it won't be a problem the rest of the year.''