MILWAUKEE -- When his starting rotation was struggling mightily in May, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke would often be asked about options in Triple-A.
The question asked about top pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg wasn't about whether he could come up and help, but instead trying to figure out what was going on with the talented young right-hander.
One glance at Thornburg's Triple-A numbers -- 0-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 15 starts -- and a demotion to Double-A would seem more likely than a promotion to the big leagues. But with injuries mounting for Milwaukee's pitching staff, the Brewers finally had to bank on his talent.
Seven relief appearances and two starts into his time with the Brewers, Thornburg has looked like a totally different pitcher than the one struggling in Nashville. He's had command of all of his pitches, thrown strikes and has a 1.72 ERA in 31 13 innings.
"You can't (explain it)," Roenicke said. "Hitters are obviously better (in the big leagues). It's hard to e...