Last call

Last call

Tyler Thornburg was informed Friday that he would rejoin the starting rotation to pitch Monday against the Pirates, bumping left-hander Tom Gorzelanny back to the bullpen. Thornburg has allowed only one earned run over 18 innings in his three starts this season. He will be followed in the Pirates series by Yovani Gallardo on Tuesday and Wily Peralta on Wednesday.

• Roenicke thinks the move to more spacious Busch Stadium will be good for Axford, who was traded to the Cardinals on Friday.

"It's a good pitcher's park," Roenicke said. "Any time a pitcher goes to a good park, whether it's there, whether it's San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, it's a plus if you're a pitcher.

"I talked to Zack Greinke about it when he came over from Kansas City, and he had to pitch differently. He said, 'In Kansas City, when I got behind in the count, I threw right-handers a fastball away and said, go ahead and hit it as far as you want.' He said he came here and did the same thing and they were home runs."

• Roenicke said he has been communicating with All-Star shortstop Jean Segura about possibly taking a day off here or there. Segura entered Friday 10 for his last 48 (.208) with just one extra-base hit and two stolen bases during that span.

"I talk to him all the time about it," Roenicke said. "He'll let me know when he's out of gas. I don't really see him slowing down. I know the production offensively isn't the same as it was in the first half. Maybe that's fatigue, maybe that's pitchers figuring him out a little bit. Right now, we've got a couple off-days coming up that should help revitalize him a little bit."

Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.