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07/18/08 10:28 PM ET

Suppan on track to return Tuesday

Right-hander's bullpen session successful

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan threw an intense 11-minute bullpen session on Thursday that left him confident he'll be ready to pitch when his stint on the disabled list expires Tuesday.

Suppan is expected to re-join the rotation for the second of four games against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Because the All-Star break fell right in the middle of his 15-day stay on the DL, he will have missed only one start with what the team called irritation in Suppan's right elbow.

He had been pitching through some occasional discomfort since late May. But the Brewers needed a 25-man roster spot after they acquired CC Sabathia, and with the All-Star break looming, they decided it made sense to place Suppan on the DL.

"The rest helped," Suppan said. "Now I can get into my routine."

He tweaked the elbow while swinging the bat in a May game at Washington and had experienced twinges of pain in non-baseball settings. When Suppan finally felt something while warming up for a start against the Pirates on July 6, he alerted trainers. Suppan lasted only three innings that day and surrendered six runs.

"I think it was getting fatigued," Suppan said. "It was starting to affect pitches."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.