06/14/10 5:10 PM ET
Cards make Suppan signing official
Righty returns to former club; Ottavino optioned to Triple-A
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Suppan, recently released by the Brewers, officially signed with the Cardinals prior to Monday's game against the Mariners. St. Louis optioned right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino to Triple-A Memphis to make room for Suppan, who went 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA for the Brewers this season but was 44-26 with a 2.95 ERA in three seasons with St. Louis prior to becoming a free agent.
Suppan notched back-to-back 16-win seasons for the Cardinals in 2004 and '05, helping the team to back-to-back 100-win seasons and berths in the National League Championship Series. One year later, Suppan posted a 0.60 ERA and was named the Most Valuable Player of the NLCS, helping the Cardinals to a World Series championship over the Tigers.
The veteran, originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 1993 First-Year Player Draft, signed a lucrative free-agent contract with the Brewers before the 2007 season and went 22-22 over his first two years in Milwaukee. Suppan stumbled to a 7-12 record and a 5.29 ERA last year and was released by Milwaukee after 15 appearances this season.
Suppan will be issued No. 37 -- the same number he wore during his first stint -- in his return to St. Louis. The 35-year-old has also played for Boston, Arizona, Kansas City and Pittsburgh, and he owns a 135-137 career record with a 4.68 ERA.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.