A day after being rocked for five runs in just an inning of work, Milwaukee Brewers right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sore right elbow.
According to MLB.com, the 25-year-old will return to Milwaukee Sunday to meet with team physician Dr. William Raasch.
“Obviously, there’s so many different things in there that it could be,” Thornburg said. “We’re waiting to get it checked out to see if we can be a little more specific and go from there. We’ll narrow it down.”
The biggest worry, of course, is damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, given that so many pitchers this year have gone down to the injury and required Tommy John surgery to replace the damaged tissue.
Thornburg said the soreness is not new.
“It’s been going on a good bit,” Thornburg said. “It’s just one of those things that was more annoying. Then it started to get a little bit worse and I let them know about it a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been trying to work on some stuff and it started to get a little bit better. Then it got into a situation where I didn’t know whether it was fatigued or what, but I couldn’t really grip the ball well. Obviously, things have gotten progressively worse as far as my control.”
Thornburg’s control was a serious issue Friday as he walked four in an inning of work, including two with the bases loaded.
Thornburg was fantastic in April, recording a 0.61 ERA and 0.750 WHIP in 14 appearances and 14.2 innings, but since then in 13 appearances, Thornburg has a 7.80 ERA and 2.267 WHIP.
On the season, Thornburg has worked 29.2 innings in 27 games, with a 4.25 ERA and 1.517 WHIP to go with 28 strikeouts.
To replace him on the roster, the Brewers recalled right-hander Mike Fiers from Triple-A Nashville.
Fiers last pitched in the majors more than a year ago, on June 2, 2013. He is 6-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 0.931 WHIP in 11 starts covering 67.2 innings for the Sounds, striking out 92.
The 29-year-old will move into the bullpen with Milwaukee, where he is 10-14 with a 4.20 ERA and 1.316 WHIP in parts of three seasons, primarily as a starter.