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Cardinals expected to add Jake Westbrook and Skip Schumaker to World Series roster

Oct 18, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa hasn’t confirmed his roster for the World Series against the Rangers quite yet, but he is expected to make two notable changes.

From Matthew Leach and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com comes word that Jake Westbrook will take the place of Kyle McCllelan in the Cardinals’ bullpen while Skip Schumaker is expected to replace Adron Chambers.

Westbrook was on the roster during the NLDS against the Phillies, but didn’t make an appearance. The 34-year-old right-hander posted a 4.66 ERA and 104/73 K/BB ratio over 183 1/3 innings during the regular season. He will likely function as a long man out of the bullpen during the World Series.

Schumaker went 6-for-10 with two doubles and three RBI during the NLDS against the Phillies, but missed the NLCS with an oblique strain. The 31-year-old utility man is capable of playing second base and all three outfield positions.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    I think we need another Red Sox drinking story.

  2. spudchukar - Oct 18, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    I am no Schumaker fan, but I give him his due when he earns it. I would rather have him in the outfield in the clutch, and I would rather have him hitting than Chambers. Speed is the primary asset Chambers brings, but Greene can provide that and he is right-handed, which might be helpful early in games vs. the lefty Ranger starters.

    If Sanchez were healthy I would lean towards him over Westbrook, but neither he nor McClellan are so Jake looks like he is the healthy choice. He usually pitches well early in games, so perhaps a long reliever role could suit him.

    • ndphog - Oct 18, 2011 at 11:06 PM

      Greene is not on the roster.

      Yadi, Laird
      Pujols, Schu, Punto, Theriot, Furcal, Freese, Descalso
      Holliday, Jay, Berkman, Craig
      Carp, Garcia, Lohse, Jackson
      Motte, Salas, Dotel, Lynn, Boggs, Westbrook, Rhodes, Scrabble

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