Redbirds could add Suppan
Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 5:05 pm
By: By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) — St. Louis manager Tony La Russa says the Cardinals expect to add Jeff Suppan to their injury-depleted rotation early this week.
Suppan was cut by the Milwaukee Brewers last week. He was the MVP of the 2006 NLCS with St. Louis.
Suppan threw a bullpen session before the Cardinals’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
La Russa said he expects the 35-year-old Suppan to start in the three-game series against Seattle that begins tonight in St. Louis. The Cardinals have not announced a starter for Tuesday’s game.
The 16-year major league veteran had his greatest success in three seasons with St. Louis from 2004 through 2006, going 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA. Suppan signed a $42 million, four-year contract with Milwaukee in 2007 but his numbers steadily declined. The Brewers demoted him to the bullpen this year, then released him on Monday.
He is to be a starter again with the Cardinals, who have right-handers Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny on the disabled list.
With Milwaukee, Suppan was 29-36 with a 5.08 ERA in 97 starts and 13 relief appearances. Suppan made two starts this season before being sent to the bullpen. He was 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA this year with the Brewers.