MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers recalled right-hander Mike McClendon on Thursday to bolster the bullpen for the start of a weekend Interleague Series against the White Sox.

McClendon has already had two stints with the Brewers this season and appeared in four games. He takes the roster spot vacated Wednesday afternoon, when the team optioned spot starter Tyler Thornburg to Triple-A Nashville.

The Brewers also announced Thursday that utility man Brooks Conrad had been claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. Conrad had been designated for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for Thornburg.

"The biggest thing with him is, [he] needs to get to the Major Leagues, and what is the best way for him to do it?" Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said after that move. "If someone claims him, great. We feel good for him. Brooks is the kind of guy that you hope good things happen to. He works as hard as anybody, he's a great teammate, he plays really hard out there. You want good things to happen to him."

Good things did not happen in Milwaukee. Conrad batted .405 in 21 games at Triple-A Nashville but went 3-for-40 (.075) in two stints with the Brewers, including 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-14 as a pinch-hitter.