Marcum will be missing Tuesday’s start against the Toronto Blue Jays with right-elbow tightness. He apparently suffered pain in his right elbow after his last start against the Kansas City Royals on June 14. This is not the first time this year Marcum has had problems with his throwing arm, as he missed significant time in spring training with a sore right shoulder.
The Brewers designated infielder Brooks Conrad for assignment which means they must either trade him, release him or have him accept being sent down to Triple-A Nashville within the next 10 days. With Conrad off the 40-man roster Milwaukee has cleared space for Thornburg to make his debut. Thornburg makes the most sense to start tonight, as he was already scheduled to pitch in the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game.
The 23-year-old pitcher was drafted in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Charleston Southern University. He has steadily moved his way up through the minor league system where he currently plays at Class AA Huntsville. In 13 starts this season Thornburg is 8-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 71 strikeouts, 1.08 WHIP, and a .212 opponent batting average.
Tuesday night’s game against Toronto was supposed to be exciting because it was going to put Marcum against his former team as well as Brett Lawrie, the infielder Milwaukee traded to acquire Marcum. It was very disappointing to find out yesterday afternoon he was not going to be able to pitch; however, I think fans will be even more excited to see a top pitching prospect make his debut at home, something that has not happened in Milwaukee for quite some time.
I am sure Thornburg will have his nerves and adrenaline running high so it is important for the Brewer fans to come out to Miller Park and show their support for the youngster. If he can get past the first inning with ease, he should be able to settle down enough to go after the hitters with his great stuff.