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Brewers sign Capuano, Halama

Brewers sign Capuano, Halama

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers picked up a pair of veteran left-handers for depth on Monday, re-signing former All-Star Chris Capuano and adding newcomer John Halama to the organization on Minor League contracts that include an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.

Capuano, 31, has not pitched in the Majors since 2007 and is attempting a rare comeback from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. He underwent that procedure in May 2008 and did not return to the mound until late in the 2009 season, when he made three appearances with the Brewers' rookie league team in Phoenix and then three more for the team's advanced rookie affiliate in Helena, Mont.

In those outings, Capuano allowed three earned runs in nine innings on eight hits with eight strikeouts.

Capuano was an 18-game winner for the Brewers in 2005 and a late addition to the National League All-Star squad in '06. However, he slumped to a 1-8 record with a 5.17 ERA after the break that year. He posted a 5-12 record with a 5.10 ERA in '07 and reported to '08 Spring Training needing to win a spot in the starting rotation. He was pitching in a Cactus League game against the Mariners when he felt a "pop" in his left elbow. After trying a course of rehab, Capuano succumbed to surgery two months later.

He also had a Tommy John procedure in 2002, while serving in the D-backs farm system.

The Brewers did not formally announce their deal with Halama on Monday but his agent, Joe Rosario, confirmed that he had accepted the club's terms. The 37-year-old has not pitched in the Majors since 2006 but eyed Milwaukee as a place to make his comeback bid because of the opportunity to reunite with Brewers manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson. The duo was together in Oakland in 2003.

Halama is pitching in the Dominican Winter League and started in front of a Brewers scout on Friday. He allowed one run on seven hits in a win over a Licey lineup stocked with eight position players who had appeared in at least one Major League game.

In seven Dominican League starts, Halama is 4-2 with a 1.64 ERA and has walked only three batters in 44 innings.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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