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Brewers lose Tyler Thornburg and Jim Henderson for the season

Aug 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EST

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The Brewers will have to attempt to win the NL Central without relievers Tyler Thornburg and Jim Henderson. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that both are done for the season: Thornburg with a right elbow injury, and Henderson with a right shoulder injury. McCalvy adds that Thornburg had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow, and that Henderson may need to undergo surgery on his shoulder.

Per McCalvy, neither player suffered a setback; they simply weren’t making any progress coming back from their injuries.

Thornburg put up mediocre numbers before landing on the disabled list in June, compiling a 4.25 ERA and a 28/21 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Henderson was worse, posting a 7.15 ERA with a 17/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings prior to being put on the DL in early May.

  1. Barb Caffrey - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    On the contrary. Thornburg was lights-out until he got hurt, and the Brewers apparently didn’t spot the injury soon enough. That’s why losing him hurts the team.

    Henderson, OTOH, wasn’t right from the beginning of the season. Sometimes this happens to players, especially pitchers; the best thing he can do is rest his arm and/or have surgery if it’s indicated. (Same with Thornburg, of course, under the circumstances.)

    • wiscotom - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Yeah, Thorny had a 2.45 ERA before giving up 7 runs in his final 3 outings. He also recorded 7 of his 21 walks in those same 3 outings (with only 3 K’s). So he definitely wasn’t just having a “mediocre” season.

      • Barb Caffrey - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Exactly. He had three bad outings, possibly after his arm was already injured but no one knew it yet. All the others were excellent. That’s why his loss was (and is) significant.

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