By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Red Sox just announced that reliever Tyler Thornburg will be having surgery tomorrow to treat “thoracic outlet syndrome” in his right shoulder. This means that he will miss the remainder of the year and hopefully be ready to go in 2018.
Thornburg never got his 2017 season started as he has been on the shelf with shoulder issues since Spring Training. He was acquired in the offseason in what has become a controversial trade among Red Sox fans as Boston sent Travis Shaw, two prospects and a player to be named later to Milwaukee for the hard throwing right-hander.
Hindsight is 20/20 and the Sox grabbed a very good reliever to add to a bullpen that needed help, however it hasn’t worked out at all. The trade has been a nightmare as Boston struggles with the third base position and meanwhile Travis Shaw is tearing it up for the Brewers. He’s on pace for 27 homers and 109 RBI.
This is the second straight year that Boston acquired a talented reliever in the offseason only to see him not contribute on the field. Last year, they lost Carson Smith to Tommy John surgery early and Smith has yet to come back and play a role for the team. Many want to pin this issue on the Red Sox organization and their strenuous throwing program as well, which only makes fans angrier.
Regardless of what the issue is, this is a huge loss for the Sox and they will now definitely need to go after bullpen help at the trade deadline.