The Brewers optioned Tyler Thornburg back down to Triple-A Nashville following Sunday’s game, but did not immediately announce his replacement on the 25-man roster. Monday, the Brewers announced that it will be Mike McClendon making his return to Milwaukee.
McClendon was one of only a few options in Triple-A the Brewers could have called up to take Thornburg’s spot on the roster. Another possibility could have been Wily Peralta, but with the way he’s been starting to build momentum in Nashville, it would be understandable if the Brewers didn’t want to potentially halt that momentum by getting him out of a rotation and into the bullpen.
Fautino De Los Santos, acquired in the George Kottaras trade, could have been a possibility had he not been optioned to Triple-A before the Thornburg news was announced. Since he was optioned, De Los Santos has to stay in the minors for 10 days, barring an injury. Conceivably, the Brewers could have still called him up if they had placed Thornburg on the disabled list instead of sending him down. Thornburg has been suffering from arm fatigue after pitching on back-to-back days on July 25 and 26, and throwing a side session on July 24.
This will be McClendon’s third stint with the Brewers this year. His last appearance came on May 26, when he pitched 2.2 innings of shutout relief following Zack Grienke’s disaster start in Arizona. Despite so many trips to the majors, McClendon has only appeared in four games for the Brewers, pitching in 2+ innings in three of them.
Thornburg will go back into Nashville’s rotation, or at least will once his arm fatigue issues are resolved. Monday will be his fourth day of rest since his last appearance.