The Atlanta Braves made yet another roster move by adding RHP Tyler Thornburg on a non-guaranteed contract for the 2022 season.
Tyler Thornburg last pitched in 2020 for the Reds before ending up on the injured list due to a right elbow sprain.
That September, he received Tommy John surgery which resulted in him missing the entire 2021 season.
His one-year deal is worth $900,000 and is a non-guaranteed major league contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, Kirby Yates was transferred to the 60-day IL.
Yates is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in March of 2021.
Tyler Thornburg allows for the Braves to have more pitching depth and that is a welcome sight after the instability we’ve had to endure at times with the pitching staff.
In 192 games, Thornburg has produced a 3.48 career ERA with a 1.27 WHIP and 273 strikeouts. Opponents carry a .226 career batting average when facing him as well.
He has suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, and Cincinnati Reds.
You can expect to see Thornburg utilize a combo of 4-seam fastball, curveball, changeup to attack hitters when his name is called from the bullpen.
I think this is yet another smart move by the Braves front office as you can never have enough quality pitching depth.
Thornburg has a good amount of upside and will be a fine addition to a bullpen that has proven time and time again just how tough they are.
Will AA make another move this week? Only time will tell but I think he’s done an excellent addressing every single need this team had going into the off-season.