Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
I don't think there should be any doubt re: Viola (protect), Maloney (protect) and Thompson (let go). Viola has an excellent arm and is lefty. Maloney is a lefty starter who's still young and who can provide depth for the back of the rotation. Thompson has a bad shoulder for the 2nd time in his career -- he's likely done.
Well if he is done he at least got to debut and pitch well against the NYY's, not a bad way to have done it.