Found September 05, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Jake Westbrook, who has been on the disabled list with a lower back strain since August 22,  feels ready to come off the disabled list on Friday. The Cardinals have yet to decide how they will use Westbrook upon his return. As reported by Mark Schmetzer of, Westbrook threw all of his pitches during two simulated innings in the Great American Ball Park visitors' bullpen before Tuesday's game. On Wednesday, he reported no problems. "It feels pretty good," said Westbrook. "I was able to get up and down a couple of times. I got after it pretty good. I was trying to gain stamina." Manager Mike Matheny said that Westbrook needs work and isn't as sharp as he should be.  Furthermore, his roll will be dictated by what the Cardinals need are.  "You don't want them getting one thing in their mind when we don't have answers," Matheny said. "It's our job to put him in the right spot." Westbrook knows because of increasing age, he needs to rework his physical fitness program to try and prevent further problems.  "As you get older, things start hurting," Westbrook said. Westbrook has pitched in 19 games this season and is 7-8 with a 4.49 earned run average. In 114 1/3 innings, he's allowed 128 hits and 49 walks, while striking out 43. He has a career record of 105-103 with a 4.31 earned run average in 1,745 1/3 innings pitched.

What will the Cardinals do with Jake Westbrook?

Jake Westbrook is eligible to come off the D.L. today and, according to Bernie Miklasz, the Cardinals are suggesting he could return to the rotation. Miklasz goes on to suggest that, if Westbrook replaces anyone in the rotation, it should be Lance Lynn and, after another clunker last night, I would tend to agree with him. However, its not like Westbrook was tearing it up before...

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Cardinals call up 6 players, including RH Wacha

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Cards' Craig has sprained foot

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Cardinals' Allen Craig has a sprained foot, no fracture

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