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Tyler Thornburg to make Brewers debut in place of injured Shaun Marcum

Jun 19, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Shaun Marcum was scratched from tonight’s scheduled start with elbow soreness and the Brewers are calling on Double-A right-hander Tyler Thornburg to make his MLB debut in his place against the Blue Jays.

Thornburg, who was Milwaukee’s third-round pick out of Charleston Southern in 2010, has thrived at every level of the minors with a 2.64 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 239 innings.

That includes a 3.00 ERA and 71/24 K/BB ratio in 74 innings at Double-A this season, although with just 13 starts above Single-A and zero Triple-A experience the Brewers are definitely rushing the 23-year-old to the majors because of their injury situation.

For now the Brewers are hoping that Marcum can avoid the disabled list and miss just one turn in the rotation.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I wonder how nervous he will be. The third hitter he will face has 20 home runs and 50 RBI’s. The fourth hitter he will face has 18 homers and 45 RBI’s. It will be an interesting test for the kid.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    So far so good for the kid. He did give up his first ML homer, but he also hit his first ML double.

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