Tyler Thornburg Gets Detour To Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE—A funny thing happened on righthander Tyler Thornburg's way to pitch in the Southern League all-star game. He never made it. Instead, he found himself in Milwaukee on June 19, pitching against the Blue Jays.

When righthander Shaun Marcum went down with an ailing elbow, the Brewers were caught short a starting pitcher. No one was tearing it up at Triple-A Nashville, so the Brewers dipped down to Huntsville to grab Thornburg, a 23-year-old selected in the third round of the 2010 draft out of Charleston Southern. He had already been told he would be promoted to Nashville after the SL game, but that would have to wait.

Thornburg held his own against the Blue Jays until the sixth inning, when he allowed consecutive homers to Colby Rasmus, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, all on fastballs. Just like that, a 4-2 lead became a 5-4 deficit and Thornburg's major league debut was done. He wound up with a no-decision.

"I'll try to keep the good things in mind," he said. "That last inning, I'll wash out as much as possible. I got a little tired and tried to aim a couple of balls and left them up. Obviously, it wasn't a great outing. It wasn't a terrible outing. I'll just have to stay level-keeled."

Thornburg went out to Nashville the next day, but club officials said they liked what they saw and considered it beneficial.

"It was a good experience for him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We know he has a lot of talent. He has a good arm. He just needs to get more experience and continue to work on his pitches."

Thornburg had done quite well at Huntsville in earning that all-star berth. In 13 starts, he went 8-1, 3.00, allowing 57 hits in 75 innings, with 24 walks and 71 strikeouts. Opponents batted .212 against him.

He got several days of rest before beginning his Triple-A career in Nashville. When he finally took the hill, he didn't disappoint, allowing two runs over five innings with no walks and six strikeouts to record his first victory at that level. Then Milwaukee called him back up to the big leagues.


• Huntsville first baseman Hunter Morris was named the Southern League player of the month after batting .307 with six doubles, seven homers and a league-leading 27 RBIs.

• Outfielder Lance Roenicke, son of Ron and a 25th round draft pick out of UC Santa Barbara in June, moved up to low Class A Wisconsin after three games with Rookie-level Helena.