The St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan prior to their Monday game against the Seattle Mariners and they also optioned pitcher Adam Ottavino to Memphis (AAA).
Suppan, 35, who was recently released by the Milwaukee Brewers, returns to the Cardinals where he and the team enjoyed tremendous success over a three-year period (2004-06), twice appearing in the World Series, including a World Championship title in 2006.
Suppan posted career-best 16-win seasons for the Cardinals in 2004 and 2005 while the team itself produced back-to-back 100-plus win seasons, advancing to the League Championship Series both years. The 16-year veteran was a combined 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA in his three seasons with the Cardinals and was named MVP of the 2006 National League Championship Series against the New York Mets.
Suppan, whose career has included stops in Boston, Arizona, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee, owns a lifetime mark of 135-137, 4.68 ERA in 427 games (398 starts – 5th amongst active pitchers).
The 6-2, 230-pound right-hander appeared in 15 games (2 starts) for Milwaukee this season, going 0-2, 7.84 ERA. His last start was on April 23 vs. Chicago and his last appearance overall came in relief against the Cardinals on June 4.
Suppan has been issued his familiar uniform #37 and has been tabbed as the Cardinals starting pitcher for Tuesday night’s middle game of the Seattle series.