Thornburg takes circuitous route back to rotation

Thornburg takes circuitous route back to rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Tyler Thornburg's strange summer took another turn Monday when he was tabbed to return to the Brewers' starting rotation on Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Thornburg will pitch in place of Zack Greinke, who will be skipped one turn in the rotation in an effort, the Brewers said, to regain the sharpness he lost while starting three consecutive games around the All-Star break.

That's three starts in seven days. Thornburg's start on Wednesday will be his third in five weeks. "It's a little different than I was expecting, I'm not gonna lie," Thornburg said of his weird rookie season. "You never know what's going to come next, I guess."

Thornburg started for Double-A Huntsville on June 9 and didn't pitch again until a one-off Major League debut for the Brewers against the Blue Jays on June 19. The Brewers optioned him to Triple-A Nashville after that outing, and Thornburg didn't make his Sounds debut until July 4 because of a minor right wrist injury.

Then the Brewers recalled him over the All-Star break to pitch in relief, and Thornburg allowed a solo home run in two innings against the Pirates on Saturday.

Now he's headed back to the rotation, if only for one start while Greinke gets right. Thornburg threw a quick, light bullpen session on Monday and said he was surprised to learn Sunday night that he'd be starting against the Cardinals.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," he said. "I think all this experience is great and it will help me settle in."

Neither Thornburg nor manager Ron Roenicke could offer an idea of how deep into the game Thornburg might pitch. Roencike called that a minor concern, considering the Brewers have an off-day Thursday.