The St. Louis Cardinals have placed right-handed starting
pitcher Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his
throwing elbow, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.
When elbows are involved, it’s easy to get alarmed. However,
Westbrook doesn’t believe the issue is anything to get overly worried about.
"I don't think it is anything to be super alarmed
about," Westbrook said. "It's inflamed right now. It's a
precautionary type of DL stint. Hopefully, we'll knock it out."
General manager John Mozeliak seconded that belief, as he
told reporters that the move was more of a precaution than anything. The GM
added that it’s “really not that big of a deal.”
Over six starts for the Cardinals, Westbrook has maintained
an impressive ERA of 1.62 over 39 innings. Still, his peripherals aren’t as
rosy, as he’s only mustered a 1.06 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.462.
The Cardinals have recalled left-hander John Gast from
Triple-A to take the mound Tuesday in place of Westbrook. It will mark the
24-year-old’s major league debut. So far this season, Gast has posted a
miniscule 1.16 ERA over seven starts in the minors.
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