Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg walked away with an unusual souvenir from his surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder last June. Doctors gave Thornburg, who missed the entire 2017 season, his surgically removed rib. "It's a lot smaller than you would think," he said. "Some people make necklaces out of them, actually. Definitely not going to do that. That's a little weird for me." His parents are holding onto it for him. "You have to do a whole cleaning protocol just to preserve it so it just doesn't turn (different) colors," he said. "So we just have it in a little jar sitting there on the counter." His mother has showed it to family members. Thornburg is progressing well. He began throwing Oct. 2. He's long tossing at 120-140 feet now.
Thornburg's surgically removed rib is in a jar on his parents' counter
Mass Live | Jan 20