Today must have been a bittersweet experience for Tyler Thornburg. On the field he recorded his first MLB win, pitching a pair of scoreless innings and working out of an ugly jam in the sixth inning. After the game, though, the Brewers announced he's been sent back to Nashville.
Thornburg pitched four innings in relief during his week with the Brewers, allowing no runs on five hits with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. Counting his time as a Brewer last year he's now made eight MLB relief appearances, as combined to just three in four seasons as a minor leaguer. Scouts and prognosticators have frequently predicted over the years that he may be a better long-term fit in the bullpen.
Thornburg will head back to Nashville to make room for Jim Henderson, who will be activated off the DL tomorrow. Henderson last pitched in the big leagues on May 24 but pitched a scoreless rehab inning for Wisconsin last night, allowing a single hit while striking out the side. In the big leagues Henderson has a 0.92 ERA in 20 appearances this season, striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings and recording nine saves.