Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson, who struck out three hitters Friday night in his rehab assignment at Class A Wisconsin, was activated Saturday night.

To make roster space, the Brewers sent right-hander Tyler Thornburg back to Class AAA Nashville.

It was that kind of night for Thornburg, who picked up his first major-league victory with two good relief innings in the 4-3 victory against Philadelphia.

Manager Ron Roenicke said he hopes Thornburg, who was 0-7 at Nashville, will take confidence back to the minors.

"I hope a bunch," Roenicke said. "There's no reason he can't do this in Triple-A."

In two appearances, Thornburg pitched four scoreless innings and struck out two.

Henderson strained his right hamstring while throwing a pitch May 24 against Pittsburgh.

Roenicke said Henderson is still the closer but that he would give Frankie Rodriguez a chance to earn his 300th save. Rodriguez picked up No. 298 Saturday night.

Roenicke said the bullpen, which has performed quite well this season, fell into place after Henderson was named the closer.

"Everybody else fell into place according to the matchups," Roenicke said.

So far, the manager said he is not worried about the bullpen's workload. "We have some length this year," Roenicke said. "Two years ago we had a lot of one-inning guys."

Meanwhile, the former closer John Axford, who showed up clean-shaven at the park Saturday, is becoming a valuable part of the middle relief game and was good again Saturday night with a scoreless inning against the Phillies.

"When we need to get out of an inning I think he's handled that situation well," Roenicke said. "He's a guy who can come in and get a strikeout and get us out of a tough spot."

And in Henderson's absence, Rodriguez has been very effective, especially for a guy who had a hard time finding a job this spring.