MILWAUKEE — Tim Dillard, a former Saltillo High School and Itawamba Community College standout, was back in the big leagues Saturday after nearly two years away. He didn’t see his promotion coming.
“Not a chance,” said the side-arming right-hander, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Nashville. “We had a 7 o’clock game, then a rain delay at 8 for three hours. We were strapping it back on and I was walking out to the field and [Nashville pitching coach] Rich Gale comes up holding a baseball.”
Gale asked whether Dillard could quickly prepare to pitch. Dillard set down his cup of coffee and, of course, said yes. “He was like, ‘No, I can’t let you do that,'” Dillard said. “I said, why not? He goes, ‘Because you’re going to be in Milwaukee tomorrow.'”
A lot has changed since Dillard, 27, last threw a pitch for the Brewers on July 31, 2009. For starters, the Miller Park clubhouses have been redone, so Dillard arrived Saturday to not-so-familiar surroundings.