The Milwaukee Brewers are coming off a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and the excitement will continue Tuesday night as starting pitcher Tyler Thornburg will make his major league debut.
Thornburg will be starting in place of the injured Shaun Marcum, who will miss his outing with tightness in his right elbow. The 23-year-old pitcher who was drafted in 2010 has made his way up through the minor league system and currently plays for Class AA Huntsville. Thornburg was supposed to start anyways Tuesday in the Class AA Southern League All-Star Game.
Even if Milwaukee only decides to keep Thornburg up in the big leagues for this one outing, it will certainly provide quality major league experience for the youngster. Depending on how long it takes Marcum to recover (Ron Roenicke expects him to miss only one start) Thornburg will most likely be back down in Double-A within the week, unless of course he blows the socks off Milwaukee’s manager.
The following is the Brewers lineup against the Blue Jays for Tuesday:
Right Field: Norichika Aoki
Center Field: Carlos Gomez
Left Field: Ryan Braun
Third Base: Aramis Ramirez
First Base: Corey Hart
Second Base: Rickie Weeks
Catcher: Martin Maldonado
Shortstop: Edwin Maysonet
Pitcher: Tyler Thornburg
Toronto will be using a fill-in starter, Jesse Chavez, from the minor leagues as well so it should prove to be an interesting matchup. Since Chavez is a right-hander pitcher, it is surprising to see Carlos Gomez in the lineup but I am sure Roenicke wants to see if the center fielder can continue to swing a hot bat.
Hopefully, Aramis Ramirez can keep hitting, as he is historically known for, as the Brewers will desperately need his bat if they want to make a run at the division. Ramirez went 3-for-3 last night with a run and three RBI’s, including the eventual game-winning home run that was ruled after the umpiring crew reviewed it using instant replay.