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Storylines: Boston Red Sox’ pitcher Tyler Thornburg will start the 2017 season on the DL

The Red Sox take a hit to their bullpen after Tyler Thornburg is put on the disabled list as well as a temporary shutdown following a shoulder injury. That and other news and notes from around baseball on Tuesday…

Top Storylines:

- The health issues to the pitching staff continue to plague the Boston Red Sox. This time it’s the Red Sox bullpen that has been hit with injury. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg is now reportedly set to open the season on the DL due to a shoulder impingement per Ian Browne of The injury is expected to sideline him for about a month as he is to be shut down from all baseball activities for about 10 days. Boston’s pitching depth is being tested early on both fronts as ace lefty David Price is to miss the first month of baseball due to a sore elbow. Thornburg was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington. He was brought in to help strengthen the bullpen and be able to set things up for ace closer Craig Kimbrel. Now Thornburg is on the shelf which means the Red Sox will have to push through and not let the injuries to their pitching staff cause them to get off to a slow start in the extremely competitive AL East division for the 2017 season.

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- The Detroit Tigers are reportedly shopping right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey per Anthony Fenesch of the Detroit Free Press. A lot of eyebrows were raised when the Tigers inked Pelfrye to a two-year, $16MM contract last offseason. He put up a very unimpressive 5.07 ERA across 22 starts over 119 innings and looks to be the odd man out. The Tigers are reportedly willing to eat most of his contract in order to convince another team to take him off their hands but it is unclear if any team feels Pelfrey is worth it.

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