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Blue Jays’ Thornton placed on 10-day IL with elbow inflammation

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Trent Thornton delivers during the first inning against the Washington Nationals, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, the team announced Monday.

In a corresponding move, left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen had his contract selected and will be available for Monday’s game versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Thomas Pannone was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Bergen.

Thornton started Sunday’s game against the Rays, but did not appear to be feeling 100 per cent. Between pitches, he was seen stretching and rubbing his right forearm area. The 26-year-old did not return to the game after pitching a scoreless first inning.

In 5.2 innings pitched this season, Thornton has six strikeouts, an 11.12 ERA and a 3.18 WHIP.

The Blue Jays drafted Bergen in the 2015 MLB Draft, but the San Francisco Giants later picked him up in the Rule 5 draft in 2018. He returned to the Blue Jays in August 2019 and finished the year with the Buffalo Bisons.

Pannone has yet to pitch for the Blue Jays this season. The 26-year-old pitched 73 innings last season, recording a 6.16 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

Sportsnet

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