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.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.