The Brewers designated infielder Brooks Conrad for assignment on Tuesday to clear space on the 40-man roster for Thornburg. Conrad can refuse the assignment and become a free agent.
"The biggest thing with him is, needs to get to the Major Leagues, and what is the best way for him to do it?" Roenicke said. "If someone claims him, great. We feel good for him. Brooks is the kind of guy that you hope good things happen to. He works as hard as anybody, he's a great teammate, he plays really hard out there. You want good things to happen to him."
Good things did not happen in Milwaukee. Conrad batted .405 in 21 games at Triple-A Nashville but went 3-for-40 (.075) in two stints with the Brewers, including 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-14 as a pinch-hitter.