ST. LOUIS - If the Cardinals can beat the San Francisco Giants and advance to the World Series, they could get two key parts back to help them out.
Pitcher Jake Westbrook and first baseman Lance Berkman both participated in a simulated game Tuesday at Busch Stadium and both are encouraged that they might be available eight days from now for the start of the World Series.
Westbrook, out since suffering an oblique injury on Sept. 8, threw a 50-pitch simulated game as several members of the Cardinals coaching staff and front office watched on.
"I felt great," Westbrook said. "I'm over the oblique stuff and now it's just kind of a mater of getting my arm back in shape. This is my fourth time off the mound since my oblique has been good. I felt really good and I'm excited about being ready to go if need be."
The veteran right-hander said he recently threw a bullpen session while in Georgia for the birth of his son, that made him believe he was ready to go. But Tuesday's session allo...