"I've dealt with it my first three years in the big leagues and this will be my fourth doing that -- just never really knowing what I'm going to be doing," Thornburg said. "But hopefully whatever spot I'm in I'm going to be successful."
Thornburg knows he will have to wait and see how healthy the rest of the pitching staff is for Opening Day.
"It really depends on the health of everyone, the productivity of everyone," Thornburg said. "The way we thought things were going to go last year as far as [Jim] Henderson and K-Rod [Francisco Rodriguez], me being a long guy, a lot of things got switched around really early and you could always see that happening at the beginning of the year every year. If [Brewers manager Ron Roenicke] tells me one role it could very easily be something different the next week."
"It's kind of like that blessing and curse of being versatile," Thornburg said. "You never really know what you're going to do, but you're always going to be doing something."
Roenicke said he could see Thornburg emerge as a starter if anyone in the rotation went down.
"If something happens -- and hopefully it won't -- to our five guys, he's a guy who could step in and start for us," Roenicke said.
Thornburg posted a 3-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 2014 with 28 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings pitched.
"Honestly, I'm a little nervous/excited to see how the games are, just because I've been out of it so long," Thornburg said. "I don't think anything is going to be any different."
Thornburg pitched in relief last season, but was shut down in June due to an elbow injury. The team is considering stretching him out this spring. "We know he can do that but we want to make sure if we need a long man he's able to do that," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We've talked about both (starting and long relief)." Roenicke said he won't make a decision until he discusses things with Thornburg first. The club wants to make sure Thornburg is comfortable with the decision, especially since he's coming off an arm injury.
The 26-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA over 29 2/3 innings last year.
Thornburg was shut down last June due to an elbow injury. The issue did not require surgery, but Thornburg was not able to return for the rest of the year. He began working his way back in November.
Thornburg posted a 4.25 ERA over 29 2/3 innings prior to the injury last year.
Ash called both players "viable candidates" for the bullpen. Both players missed the final months of the 2014 season due to injury. Henderson underwent shoulder surgery in August.
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