MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are about to introduce pitching prospect Tyler Thornburg to the uncertain life of a long man, in which you never know when -- or if -- you're going to pitch.
For Thornburg, this is otherwise known as life as usual.
The 23-year-old officially joined the Brewers' bullpen on Friday, one of two new faces on the active roster (infielder Jeff Bianchi is the other) for the second half. Thornburg has pitched only two games since June 9 -- a July 19 spot start for the Brewers against the Blue Jays, and a July 4 start for Triple-A Nashville at Memphis.
"I'd like to think I'm more rested than rusty," Thornburg said.
Why the long stretches between starts? Before his Brewers promotion, Thornburg missed a start because of a suspension stemming from his part in a brawl in the Double-A Southern League. And after the Brewers sent him down to Nashville, Thornburg spent time on the disabled list with a minor right-wrist injury, stemming from a stumble into a coffee table.
Thornburg made three relief appearances for rookie-level Helena after signing with the Brewers in 2010, and threw harder in those outings because he knew he'd only he working an inning or two. That may be the case again, but Thornburg said he would not vary his pitch repertoire.