— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 7, 2013
Thornton has posted a 3.04 ERA in 26 2/3 innings this season, with those innings being spread over 38 appearances. He has made at least 61 appearances every year since 2006.
Atlanta needs a veteran reliever with the season-long absence of Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty. The return of Luis Ayala from the disabled list will help, but Cristhian Martinez has suffered a setback in his shoulder rehab and has been out since April.
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