MILWAUKEE -- Although Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Nationals in 11 innings, the 23-year-old right-hander can take solace in the fact he likely won't be there for long.
"We want to get this guy back starting and get him back in a routine where we feel like we can push him forward," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "And we'll probably see him later on somewhere starting for us, whether it's September or whether it's before that. But we want to get him back pitching like we know he can in a role that may suit him a little bit better."
The Brewers did not immediately make a corresponding move, but Roenicke confirmed that the club would call up a reliever before Monday's series opener against the Astros.
Thornburg, who has started 14 games in the Minor Leagues this season, made three appearances with the Brewers out of the bullpen this month, allowing two runs in four innings. In two appearances as a starter for the Crew, Thornburg surrendered seven runs across 10 innings.
The righty abruptly left his last relief outing, on Thursday, with a tired arm after appearing in back-to-back games for the first time this season. Seen as a future starter by the organization, Thornburg can benefit most from a return to that role, Roenicke said, so that the Brewers can get a better look at him later in the season. Thornburg, who said he has thrown every day since Thursday without any issues, had no arguments with the decision.
"It's always difficult to leave here," Thornburg said. "But I haven't been able to get some innings in, and in order to be a starter, I've got to go back down and work my pitch count back up and hopefully be back soon."