Right-hander Jeff Suppan is back with the Royals.
Suppan, who pitched for the Royals from 1998-2002, signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City on Monday and will report to their Class AAA Omaha club to be part of the rotation.
Suppan, 36, will serve as an insurance policy and also as a tutor for the young pitchers the Royals have with the Storm Chasers in the Pacific Coast League.
Royals manager Ned Yost is familiar with Suppan, who pitched for the Brewers in 2007-08 when Yost managed the club.
Suppan was in spring training with the Giants and had a 5.50 ERA in six Cactus League games before being released from his minor league contract.
Last year, Suppan pitched for the Brewers and the Cardinals. Milwaukee released him June 7, but he was picked up by St. Louis. He went a combined 3-8 with a 5.06 ERA in 30 games, including 15 starts.
Suppan was primary a starter for the Cardinals, going 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA with 13 starts and two relief appearances.
He made three Opening Day starts for the Royals and went 39-51 in 138 games, winning 10 games each year his first three full seasons with the club.
Suppan's 16-year career totals are a 138-143 record with a 4.69 ERA in 442 games.
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