“He’s got to get back to pitching the way he should be pitching,” Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And then, whether you need a starter or a reliever, if he’s lights out pitching as a starter and we think that piece is what we need in the bullpen, (he’ll get that opportunity).
“I told him when he left that it’s not necessarily now that you’re a starter you’ll never come back as a reliever. So for him, I think it’s just giving him a better chance to get back here either way as either a starter or a reliever.”
The velocity on Thornburg's fastball has not returned since being shut down last season due to elbow problems. It played a part in his struggles this season.
“I think he’s completely over (the injury), but the velocity is not what it was,” Roenicke said. “It’s also what we see. Is he throwing fastballs by guys? And then because of that, now your curveball and your changeup are better. He’s got three plus pitches, and he needs to have them all working.
“That’s what he did so well last year at the beginning. He had the good fastball with the life on it that they weren’t catching up to, then they’d try to cheat to catch up and he’s throwing a curveball and a changeup and they didn’t have a chance.”
Thornburg allowed 13 runs (six earned) on 16 hits (three home runs) and three walks in 9 2/3 innings. He had eight strikeouts.
Wooten allowed five runs on eight hits (three home runs) and one walk in 6 1/3 innings for Colorado Springs. He had 10 strikeouts.
After avoiding Tommy John surgery last season,
“I can’t say it has been a stress-free road,” said Thornburg, who was informed Tuesday he had claimed a spot in the Brewers’ bullpen. “Throughout this entire process, it has been day to day as to whether I’d be healthy the next day.
“Even moving into spring training I didn’t know how my arm was going to bounce back. I had 10 months off or whatever. That’s a lot of time. And what I was going to be doing was kind of day to day, whether I was going to be a long guy, a one- or two –inning guy, a starter.
“There’s been nothing concrete about my entire road. It has been an absolute roller coaster and I’m sure it’s not going to stop, to be honest with you.”
Thornburg is slotted to fill a middle-relief role for the club this season. His health has been in question and it has made it difficult for manager Ron Roenicke to determine how he fits.
“The thing with him was waiting long enough to see if he was healthy and how much can we pitch him,” said Roenicke. “That’s still a bit of a question mark. They’re not sure completely. We know right away it’s a tough month to open the season.”
In two starts, nine total appearances, Thornburg finished this spring with an ERA of 4.14.
In camp on a minor league deal, Perez pitched in 10 spring games, surrendering three earned runs in 10 innings (2.70 ERA).
Perez pitched in Sunday's game but left with a right ankle sprain.
With the departure, the Brewers will consider
"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."
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