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Duncan gives Soup the green light

The Cardinals are encouraged by what Jeff Suppan has left in the tank, according to what GM John Mozeliak had to say Saturday before the Redbirds took on the Diamondbacks.

Mozeliak said pitching coach Dave Duncan noticed a couple of flaws in Suppan's delivery and still think he has what it takes to be an effective pitcher in the major leagues.

Suppan, also interviewed by Fox Sports Midwest before the game, said Duncan pointed out a couple of things "and it all made a lot of sense," as to why he has struggled for the last two plus years with Milwaukee. Suppan said sometimes pitchers little by little move away from their correct mechanics and he is hopeful Duncan can snap him back into shape.

Mozeliak said the Cardinals will keep extra reliever Fernando Salas on hand until early next week when Suppan's spot in the rotation comes up. Then he'll formally be signed and activated.

I haven't heard many positive comments about the Suppan signing. But what Duncan, Suppan and Mozeliak had to say about his potential has me pretty excited. Kyle Lohse's spot has been a black hole in the rotation so far this season. If Suppan could give the team a 50-50 chance to win, the team is going to be that much better. And if he can somehow become the legit middle of the rotation starter like he was when he last pitched for St. Louis, he could make the team considerably better.