WASHINGTON -- When rosters expand on Wednesday, the Cardinals may add some youngsters. They will add a 35-year-old right-handed starter.
Jeff Suppan has been slotted in to make his return to the starting rotation in Wednesday's series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Suppan hasn't pitched since July 31 due to a strained right groin.
"I've been throwing, doing what I can," Suppan said. "Working out, running, throwing bullpen [sessions], trying to keep the touch and feel going. ... Threw a couple extended bullpens, things like that."
Suppan's start will bump back Jaime Garcia, who had been scheduled to pitch that game. Instead, Garcia will pitch Friday's series opener at home against the Reds, followed by Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter over the weekend. After starting this coming Monday, Jake Westbrook will be pushed back to the beginning of the following road trip on Sept. 6 against the Brewers at Miller Park.