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By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Suppan begins post-Brewers tenure
ANAGEIM -- Brewers manager Ken Macha said he had enough on his hands at Angel Stadium to worry a about Jeff Suppan making his Cardinals debut in St. Louis. So Macha wasn't watching as Suppan, eight days after the Brewers released him, allowed one Mariners run in four useful innings.The Brewers released Suppan on June 7 despite owing him more than $10 million through the end of this year. By Thursday, he had the parameters of a deal in place with St. Louis, where Suppan had his greatest career success, winning National League Championship Series MVP honors and then a World Series ring in 2006. The contract was finalized on Monday. The Cardinals only owe Suppan a prorated portion of the Major League minimum salary and the Brewers are on the hook for the rest. "He's a healthy guy and he's going to give them innings, if anything else," Macha said. "He pitched well in St. Louis for us, at that ballpark. For [the Cardinals], it's no-lose. They're paying him the minimum salary and if he 'hits,' then fine. If he doesn't, then flip the page and move on to the next guy. So it's a no-brainer almost." Macha once again praised Suppan for being a "good citizen" and for accepting a demotion to the bullpen with class. "I wish him well," Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson said. "I called him two days after [his release] and told him that. I said that if he or his agent needed me to give anybody a recommendation, I would gladly do that." The Cardinals, because of their history with Suppan, didn't need it. St. Louis is in need of help with starters Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse on the disabled list. Rookie right-hander Adam Ottavino, who was a late-inning rally away from beating the Brewers on June 5, was optioned to Triple-A after going 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in three big league starts. The Brewers will play a four-game series in St. Louis from July 1-4.
Brewers sign three more Draft picks
ANAHEIM -- The Brewers announced three more signings from last week's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, at least one of which was previously reported elsewhere. The team typically announces signings in bunches.Officially under contract are Auburn University first baseman Hunter Morris (fourth round), Louisiana State right-hander Cody Ross (eighth round) and Puerto Rican prep shortstop Yadiel Rivera (ninth round). Morris was assigned to Class A Wisconsin, Ross to rookie Helena and Rivera to rookie Arizona. With those players locked up, the Brewers have signed six of their first nine picks in the Draft. They are still working on first-rounder Dylan Covey, who met the team in Anaheim on Monday, second-rounder Jimmy Nelson, whose University of Alabama club was eliminated Monday by Clemson in the NCAA Super Regional, and seventh-rounder Joel Pierce, a high school right-hander from Windsor, Ontario.
The Brewers will miss sensational Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in this weekend's series at Coors Field. Instead, they will face Jason Hammel on Friday, Jeff Francis on Saturday and Aaron Cook on Sunday. "I kind of looked at that about three weeks ago," manager Ken Macha said of dodging Jimenez, who beat the Brewers at Miller Park on Opening Day. ... Manny Parra, Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf are the Brewers' scheduled starters against the Rockies. ... The Brewers activated right-handed reliever Brian Bruney at Triple-A Nashville and he threw two scoreless innings in the opening game of a doubleheader. He signed a Minor League deal with Milwaukee earlier this month after being released by the Washington Nationals after 19 appearances with a 7.64 ERA. Bruney has an "out" clause in his contract that will allow him to elect free agency again if he isn't in the Majors around July 1. ... As of Tuesday afternoon, about 150 slots remained in the Brewers Community Foundation's 5K run/walk on July 24. For information and registration, visit the community section of Brewers.com. ... It turns out that Mark Mulder's flirtations with the Brewers in January were the closest he would get to returning to the Major Leagues. "I guess I am [retired]," Mulder told AOL FanHouse on Monday. "I haven't touched a baseball since February." The Brewers showed some interest in Mulder before the start of Spring Training, but club officials left unconvinced that he was committed to a comeback. Shoulder injuries plagued Mulder, who posted a 103-60 career record to go with a 4.18 ERA.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.