Red Sox activate Thornton from disabled list
The Boston Red Sox have reinstated left-handed reliever Matt
Thornton from the disabled list and optioned righty Brayan
Villarreal to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The moves were announced Sunday before the finale of a
three-game series with the NL West-leading Dodgers.
Thornton missed 16 games because of an oblique strain on his
right side. The Red Sox acquired him from the White Sox on July 12.
He is 0-4 with a 3.47 ERA in a combined 50 relief appearances with
Boston and Chicago. Thornton is one of four lefties in the Red Sox
bullpen, along with Craig Breslow, Franklin Morales and rookie
In Villarreal’s only appearance following his callup last
Monday, he walked San Francisco’s Marco Scutaro with the bases
loaded to force in the winning run in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday.