Thornburg optioned to Nashville

It turns out that Milwaukee was only a pitstop on Tyler Thornburg’s road from Double-A Huntsville to Triple-A Nashvile.

A day after Thornburg’s big league debut, the Brewers optioned their 23-year-old pitching prospect to Nashville, where he was already headed before a two-day stop at Miller Park for a spot start against the Blue Jays. Thornburg pitched 5 1/3 innings for a no-decision, an experience he believes will make him better in the future.

“I would much rather this happened than not happened,” Thornburg said. “Now I can go back to Triple-A and work on some things that I need to do here.”

He was asked the biggest difference between Double-A and the big leagues.

“The best hitters in the Minor Leagues are those three- and four guys — it’s one through nine here,” he said. “So you really have to bear down on every pitch of every batter.”

A Brewers spokesperson said the team would make a corresponding move on Thursday’s day off, and manager Ron Roenicke indicated it would be for a bullpen arm.

That means the Brewers will have to make another series of moves if, as planned, they activate shortstop Cesar Izturis from the disabled list on Friday, and first baseman Travis Ishikawa on Saturday.

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