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01/10/12 6:41 PM EST

McClung returns to Brewers on Minors contract

MILWAUKEE -- Seth McClung is returning to the place he says feels like home.

McClung, a fan-favorite from the Brewers' run to the 2008 National League Wild Card berth, has signed a Minor League deal with Milwaukee that does not include an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp -- but it does offer the chance to rejoin a franchise with which he's comfortable.

"I'm going to have to go down to the Minor League camp and work down there," he said. "But they're going to give me some of those innings in Spring Training when they need the young guys to come up. I wouldn't have done that for any other team than Milwaukee."

McClung made 78 relief appearances and 14 starts for the Brewers from 2007-09 and posted a 4.32 ERA. He was released by the Marlins the following spring and didn't pitch again until 2011, when he made 19 appearances for the Rangers' Triple-A club before being released again in July.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander will be 31 next month.

"Ever since I left Milwaukee, I haven't really been happy playing baseball," McClung said. "I love 99.9 percent of the people involved in baseball in Milwaukee, from the fans to the front office to Tony [Migliaccio] the clubhouse guy to the players. It was just a special place for me."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.