Veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan has been linked to the Cardinals since he was given his release by the Brewers last week. On Saturday, according to the Associated Press, things finally came together when Suppan tossed a bullpen session in front of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan.
He’s expected to finalize a contract with the Cardinals early next week and immediately take over a spot in the club’s starting rotation. With Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny sidelined indefinitely, it does make some sense.
The Cardinals believe they have identified some flaws in Suppan’s delivery and will try to help him back to his 2006 form, when he was named the NLCS MVP on a World Series-winning squad. Suppan, 35, went 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA between 2004-2006 in St. Louis. He had a 7.84 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP in 31 innings when the Brewers cut him loose on June 7 of this season.
Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”
In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.