Tyler Thornburg has been pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers since 2012, but last year was to be his first as a full-time reliever.
He started well, but was then lost for the year with an elbow injury. the 26-year-old is back and healthy at the start of 2015 and hopes to prove, again, that he belongs in the majors.
OnMilwaukee.com caught up with right-hander at the start of the season.
OnMilwaukee.com: You pitched in 27 games last year before being shut down, and the team when it a vastly different direction after that. Does right now feel like a continuation of last year, or that it almost didnâ€™t happen at all?
Tyler Thornburg: A little bit. I feel like anytime something like that happens you have to kind of like, re-prove yourself. I think anytime someoneâ€™s coming back from an injury for an extended period of time, whether itâ€™s surgery or guys that maybe didnâ€™t play the last few months, sometimes you have a to prove to yourself that youâ€™re, number one, healthy, and two that youâ€™re still productive.
As far as what role Iâ€™ll be in at the beginning, its one of those things where I have to prove myself again, prove that I was the same guy that I was in April (14 games, 0.61 ERA) when healthy, and go from there.
(As of April 22, Thornburg has struck out 8 and walked 3, compiling a 5.59 ERA in 9.2 innings across 6 starts this season.)
OMC: Since you had success in this relief role, does it put you in a good mental state? Or is it different because youâ€™re also thinking about your arm feeling a certain way?
TT: I think itâ€™s just one more thing that I have to concentrate on. When youâ€™re feeling 100 percent and youâ€™re not worried about your body at all, then youâ€™re just concentrating on one thing and thatâ€™s being productive, having a good outing, whatever it may be.
So, right now, leading up to the game, Iâ€™m just trying to do everything to get my body healthy and make sure Iâ€™m healthy when I go out there and pitch. Itâ€™s a long season, so to…Read more...