Hot streak has altered plans for Thornburg

Hot streak has altered plans for Thornburg

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers brought right-hander Tyler Thornburg back for September because they expected to re-insert him into the starting rotation and evaluate where he fits for 2013. The team's sudden appearance in the National League Wild Card race has postponed those plans.

So, Thornburg has been in the bullpen since Saturday, awaiting his chance to pitch.

"Hey, honestly, I really don't mind," he said. "If we're winning, I don't care if I pitch again. We're winning close ballgames. We're always in it. I've been going out there, and every two or three days if I feel I need some [throwing] off the mound, then I do it. I just want to be sure I'm ready."

He has already thrown a couple of mound sessions since his Sept. 4 promotion from Triple-A Nashville.

Thornburg was 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 21 starts between Double-A Huntsville and Nashville this season, and had a 5.79 ERA in five appearances during his first two stints with the Brewers, including a June 19 start against the Blue Jays.