Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reported that both pitchers will be shut down for the rest of the season:
Tyler Thornburg’s & Jim Henderson’s seasons are over. Thornburg had PRP injection in elbow. Henderson may be headed for shoulder surgery.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 16, 2014
Henderson, who will be 32 in October, struggled with decreased velocity from the beginning of spring training, lost his closer’s job to Francisco Rodriguez in the spring and did not pitch after May 1 because of the shoulder inflammation.
He was one of the feel-good stories in baseball in 2012 when he was called up by the Brewers in July of that season after kicking around the minor leagues for 10 seasons and three organizations.
In 2013, Henderson supplanted John Axford as the closer and finished with 28 saves.
But the big Canadian never had it this season and was shut down after a disastrous outing at Cincinnati on May 1 during which he surrendered five runs on four hits and a walk while recording just two outs after entering with the game tied 3-3.
He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day and wasn’t able to get healthy enough to get back to the Brewers. He had one rehabilitation assignment cut short in late May and was not recalled after completing a 30-day rehab stint in July.
Henderson was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos (yes, the Montreal Expos) in the 26th round of the 2003 first-year player draft out of Tennessee Wesleyan College.
The Chicago Cubs selected Henderson in the rule 5 draft in December 2006, but he was released after two seasons with the organization.
The Brewers signed him in April 2009 and re-signed him as a minor-league free agent in December 2010.
Thornburg, who will be 26 in September, worked in both relief and the starting rotation for the Brewers in the second half of the 2013 season, but with the offseason acquisition of Matt Garza was ticketed for the bullpen in 2014.
He got off to a great start. After allowing a run in his first appearance on April 1, Thornburg didn’t give up another run in April, finishing the month with a 0.61 ERA and 0.750 WHIP in 14 appearances and 14.2 innings.
But he began to struggle in May, when he had a 6.00 ERA and 1.917 WHIP in 11 appearances and 12 innings and the wheels came off in Pittsburgh on June 6, when he needed 40 pitches to get through a single inning, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks.
Thornburg went on the DL with elbow soreness and later disclosed he had been pitching with pain in the elbow for a few weeks.
Thornburg was a third-round pick of the Brewers in 2010 out of Charleston Southern University and made his major-league debut in June 2012.