After rookie Johnny Hellweg lasted just five outs in his first major-league start Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Brewers had a need for another arm in the pen. Middle reliever Donovan Hand is scheduled to make his second career start today against the Pirates, but the best-case scenario for Hand would be for him to work four, maybe five, innings.
Milwaukee starters have combined to work just 10.2 innings in the team’s last three games, all losses. Yovani Gallardo only went four innings on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, Wily Peralta gutted out five laborious innings on Thursday in the series finale against the Cubs and Hellweg lasted just 1.2 innings Friday night to open a seven-game road trip.
This is Thornburg’s second stint with the big club this month. He was recalled June 5 from Nashville and sent back to Triple-A on June 9. He was up long enough to get his first major-league victory, working two scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies June 8.
He is unscored upon in four innings over two appearances this season for the Brewers, allowing five hits and striking out two.
Caleb Gindl was sent back to Nashville to make room on the roster for Thornburg. He was 5-for-20 with an RBI in 23 plate appearances, but had some adventures playing left field, committing errors in back-to-back games to close out the Cubs series on Wednesday and Thursday. Gindl had been on the 25-man roster since being recalled June 15.
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