Shaun Marcum was scratched from tonight’s scheduled start with elbow soreness and the Brewers are calling on Double-A right-hander Tyler Thornburg to make his MLB debut in his place against the Blue Jays.
Thornburg, who was Milwaukee’s third-round pick out of Charleston Southern in 2010, has thrived at every level of the minors with a 2.64 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 239 innings.
That includes a 3.00 ERA and 71/24 K/BB ratio in 74 innings at Double-A this season, although with just 13 starts above Single-A and zero Triple-A experience the Brewers are definitely rushing the 23-year-old to the majors because of their injury situation.
For now the Brewers are hoping that Marcum can avoid the disabled list and miss just one turn in the rotation.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.