After some secrecy from Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on Monday night as to who would take Shaun Marcum's vacated start Tuesday, it appears, according to his high school baseball team's Twitter account, that big-time prospect Tyler Thornburg will take the hill for Milwaukee against the Blue Jays.
"Tyler Thornburg, Riverwood '07, 1st major league start Tues. June 19 pitching for the Brewers v Toronto Blue Jays,"the tweet said. "Congrats Tyler!
Marcum will miss the start due to elbow tightness, and Roenicke said Monday night that he didn't want to lean on his already-overworked bullpen for a by-committee game. And though Thornburg was supposed to pitch in the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday night, it seems he'll be making his major league debut instead.
The 6-foot, 190-pound 23-year-old has been one of the Brewers' best prospects this season with an 8-1 record and 3.00 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A Huntsville. Thornburg was a third-round pick in the 2010 draft and has 71 strikeouts in 75 innings pitched this season.
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