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August 6, 2016 07:48 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: DFA'd Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 28, 2016 06:48 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Activated from disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 27, 2016 07:04 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Won't be activated Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 26, 2016 04:16 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Could return as early as Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 22, 2016 12:36 AM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Begins rehab assignment Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornton (left Achilles tendinitis) began his rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Saturday,'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.

April 30, 2016 09:51 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Remains without timetable for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 8, 2016 02:37 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Will be in walking boot for two weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 8, 2016 12:59 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Placed on disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to left Achilles tendinitis, AJ Cassavell of 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.

April 3, 2016 01:21 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Contracted selected by Padres on Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thornton had his contract selected by the Padres on Sunday, 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.

March 29, 2016 03:55 PM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Will start season in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2016 10:09 AM
Padres' Matt Thornton: Inks minor league deal with San Diego
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 1, 2015 03:05 PM
Nationals' Drew Storen yet to pitch on back-to-back days
by R.J. White |

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.

June 2, 2015 06:12 AM
Matt Thornton takes Game 4 loss, Nationals eliminated
by R.J. White |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:09 AM
Matt Thornton earns win Saturday vs. Pirates
by R.J. White |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:21 AM
Heyman: Nationals claim Matt Thornton on waivers
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

The Yankees put reliever Matt Thornton on waivers and the Nationals have claimed him Tuesday, according to 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. 

June 2, 2015 07:44 AM
Matt Thornton lasts just one-third of an inning in loss to Cleveland
by Igor Mello |

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.

June 2, 2015 07:49 AM
Matt Thornton takes loss on walkoff error Saturday
by R.J. White |

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.

June 1, 2015 08:50 PM
Matt Thornton takes loss vs. Mets Monday
by R.J. White |

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.

June 1, 2015 11:14 PM
Yankees make Matt Thornton signing official
by Chris Cwik |

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.

June 2, 2015 04:02 PM
Yankees sign reliever Matt Thornton
by Chris Cwik |

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.

Situational Stats
vs LHB 5.100 10.13035
vs RHB 11.200 3.86034
Last 7 Games
Fantasy Points by Week
Pitching Stats
2004SEA12 4.131910000 32.2301515202530
2005SEA04 5.215500001 57.05433331304257
2006CHW53 3.336300025 54.0462020512149
2007CHW44 4.796800027 56.1593130422655
2008CHW53 2.677400016 67.1482020521977
2009CHW63 2.747000049 72.1582222512087
2010CHW54 2.6761000810 60.2411818322081
2011CHW25 3.326200037 59.2603422302163
2012CHW410 3.467400037 65.0632725431753
2013CHW-BOS04 3.746000001 43.1472018421530
2014NYY-WAS13 1.756400004 36.0339705828
2015WAS21 2.186000001 41.1331210211123
2016SD10 5.821800000 17.02212112169
Total 3646 3.417481002358 662.25942732515220251642
Batting Stats
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2005SEA55000000000 --- --- ---
2006CHW63000000000 --- --- ---
2007CHW68100000100 .000 .000 .000
2008CHW74000000000 --- --- ---
2009CHW70000000000 --- --- ---
2010CHW61000000000 --- --- ---
2011CHW62000000000 --- --- ---
2012CHW74000000000 --- --- ---
2013CHW-BOS60000000000 --- --- ---
2014NYY-WAS64000000000 --- --- ---
2015WAS60000000000 --- --- ---
2016SD18000000000 --- --- ---
Total 748100000100 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
2006CHWP630112810 .909
2009CHWP700122912 .917
2013CHW-BOSP600113620 .818
Total  74811212790410 .967
More Pitching Stats
2004SEA12637 0.8112002 .250148 15.2 .3670
2005SEA25059 0.9560007 .248262 15.2 .4501
2006CHW46050 1.3040001 .229227 11.3 .3483
2007CHW65849 1.3311103 .269249 13.9 .4345
2008CHW27151 1.4940003 .196268 9.2 .2865
2009CHW26659 1.1745104 .217291 9.8 .3265
2010CHW54946 1.1730001 .191239 9.3 .2842
2011CHW56058 1.07132102 .255262 12.2 .3364
2012CHW48149 1.8442202 .257266 11.5 .3714
2013CHW-BOS15637 1.6851002 .285187 13.3 .3881
2014NYY-WAS24335 1.2952100 .244152 11.5 .2894
2015WAS35152 1.0420001 .212171 9.8 .3141
2016SD02613 2.3130000 .31477 15.4 .4710
Total 37697595 1.2755156028 .2382799 11.7 .35335
Postseason Pitching Stats
2008CHW00 0.00300000 3.12000022
2014WAS01 3.86300000 2.13110021
Total 01 1.59600000 5.25110043
Minor League Pitching Stats
1998 A-Everett00 27.0020000 1.11440030
1999 A-Wisconsin00 4.91251001 29.1391916102534
2000 A-Wisconsin69 4.012617000103.1945946267288
2001 A-San Berndno147 2.522727000157.0126564491160192
2002 AA-San Antonio15 3.631212000 62.0523125352944
2003 AA-San Antonio30 0.3644000 25.183100918
2003 A-Inl.Empire00 4.0022000 9.094421414
2003AAA-Tacoma02 8.0022000 9.0141182035
2004AAA-Tacoma75 5.201615100 83.0855848466374

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Centreville, MI
San Diego Padres

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