PHOENIX -- The Cardinals will bring back right-hander Jeff Suppan for a second stint with the club, manager Tony La Russa said before the game against the D-backs at Chase Field on Saturday evening. Suppan threw a session, was deemed healthy by pitching coach Dave Duncan, and will be activated next week. He'll start against the Mariners in St. Louis, La Russa said, most likely on Tuesday night. The Cardinals have already cleared space on their 40-man roster for Suppan, outrighting Minor League left-hander Tyler Norrick. But they must make a corresponding move on the 25-man roster to activate him for Major League duty.
"He threw fine and Dunc liked what he saw," La Russa said. "Moz [general manager John Mozeliak] said next week we'll make a move and put him on the club." Suppan was released by the Brewers on June 7 with more than $10 million remaining on the final year of his contract worth $12.5 million. The Cardinals will only have to pay a prorated portion of the Major League minimum: $400,000 for the remainder of this season, but there's a $12.75 million option with a $2 million buyout for 2011 that the Cardinals will be responsible for. Suppan was 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in 15 appearances for Milwaukee, where he was relegated to the bullpen. He made only two starts after opening the season on the disabled list with a sore neck. Suppan said he was happy to be going to back to a role he's accustomed to: starting. "That's something I've known my whole career," Suppan said. "I think that's where I'm at my best. It's important." During his 16-year career, Suppan pitched three seasons with the Cardinals from 2004-06. He was a key member of the rotation when St. Louis beat Detroit in five games to win the '06 World Series title. Afterward, he signed a four-year, $42-million free-agent contract with the Brewers, but had little success in Milwaukee, where he logged a 17-22 record.