The Braves signed Thornburg, 33, to a one-year deal in mid-March. Thornburg was a true flier, having pitched less than 50 innings across the past five seasons, including none in 2021. He’d had past success, though, highlighted by a 2016 campaign in which he had a 2.15 ERA with a 90:25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 67 games for the Brewers.
Thornburg, who attended Riverwood High School, didn’t rediscover that form with the Braves. He surrendered six runs (four earned) in 9 ⅓ innings. Three of those runs came in a May 10 appearance against Boston. He walked four hitters over his past two appearances (two innings) while logging two strikeouts.
The Braves began a four-game series against the Phillies on Monday at Truist Park. Entering play, both teams were 19-22, eight games behind the Mets in the NL East.
Another replica ring giveaway
Fans waited outside Truist Park as early as Monday morning for the team’s second replica ring giveaway Monday night. The first was April 11. Fans will have two more opportunities for a replica ring giveaway game: June 8 against the Athletics and July 11 versus the Mets.
“It’s crazy and great,” Snitker said of fans flooding the gates to receive replica rings. “They should be (excited). It’s a really cool thing that they feel that way. I know a lot of people are real proud of those things when they get them and rightly so. They should be.”
Johan Camargo returns
Former Braves utilityman Johan Camargo returned to Atlanta for the first time Monday as a Phillie. Camargo, 28, played with the Braves from 2017-2021, even at times handling starting third-base duties. He was most successful in his first two seasons, hitting .281/.343/.455 with 23 homers and 103 RBIs over 216 games.
Camargo received his World Series ring from Snitker during an on-field ceremony before the game. Truist Park gave Camargo a nice applause. He played shortstop and hit eighth for the Phillies in the series opener. He’s been a solid pickup for Philadelphia, hitting .260 with three homers and 11 RBIs while playing strong defense.