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.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.