Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 7/13/13
With key injuries to both left handed pitchers Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, it was inevitable for the Boston Red Sox to acquire another south paw to help out the team’s bullpen before the trade deadline. On Friday night, the team acquired veteran Chicago White Sox left handed relief pitcher Matt Thornton in exchange for Double-A outfielder Brandon Jacobs. Thornton joins Craig Breslow in the Red Sox bullpen and will give the team a much needed veteran presence. In 40 games pitched for White Sox, this season, he has compiled a 0-3 record with 3.86 ERA in 28 innings. This season, Thornton has held left handed hitters to a .173 average and to a .228 life time average. One area that Thornton will help Boston out in addition to his ability to left handed batters out is his versatility. Over his 10 year career, he has served as part time closer, situational lefty and setup man. Since 2008, he has led all lefty relievers in strikeouts with 382 and has 169 career holds. Thornton gets ...
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