Correia returns to Giants on Minor League deal

Correia returns to Giants on Minor League deal

PHOENIX -- Hoping to replenish their injury-depleted pitching staff, the Giants signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a Minor League contract Tuesday.

General manager Bobby Evans said Correia, who began his professional career with the San Francisco organization and pitched for the Giants from 2003-08, will report to extended spring camp. He'll then join the Giants' Triple-A Sacramento affiliate once he regains enough stamina to perform as a starter.

The Giants' rotation has been in a state of flux. The team placed right-hander Matt Cain, its No. 3 starter, on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained flexor tendon in his throwing arm. Right-hander Jake Peavy, the anticipated No. 2 starter, has been dealing with back pain.

Correia, 34, was 14-22 with a 4.59 ERA in 170 appearances as a starter and reliever during his Giants tenure. Since leaving the team, the man nicknamed "Bird" has migrated to San Diego, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.