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MAR 28, 5:37p ET | John Pesetski
Rotowire: Feb 23 / 9:37a ET
News: Thornburg (elbow) is 100 percent healthy, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Thornburg's 2014 season was cut short due to an elbow injury, but the setback will not be an issue as spring training gets going. He worked his way into the late-inning mix last season, but the Brewers may stretch him out this spring to fill a long relief role out of the gate.
Rotowire: Feb 20 / 12:46p ET
News: Thornburg (elbow) believes he will have no restrictions at spring training, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Impact: While Thornburg's opinion won't be the final one (that belongs to the medical staff), but it appears he is feeling good heading into camp. His 2015 season was derailed by the elbow injury, but showed extreme promise in the early part of the season. Over the first month, Thornburg posted a 0.61 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with 17 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Although his numbers fell off in May and then early June before going on the disabled list, the drop off could be related to the elbow issue. Thornburg should have a spot in the Brewers' bullpen out of spring training, but it's possible he will switch to a long relief role in 2015.
Rotowire: Jan 25 / 10:53a ET
News: Thornburg (elbow) believes he will be ready for the start of spring training, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Thornburg was shut down in early June due to elbow soreness and never returned in 2014. He started the season strong, but struggled before being shut down likely because of the elbow issue. The 26-year-old will likely start the season in a long-relief role for the Brewers in 2015, but he was used in some late-inning relief for the club in 2014 and could find himself making similar appearances again this season.