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Jake Westbrook out for next start due to oblique strain

Sep 9, 2012, 1:46 PM EST

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The badly-slumping Cardinals have dropped three straight games and five of their last eight. And now they’ve also lost a member of their starting rotation for a yet-to-be-determined amount of time.

According to’s Jenifer Langosch, right-hander Jake Westbrook suffered a strained right oblique during his start Saturday night against the Brewers. He has been ruled out for his next turn and there’s a chance he won’t pitch again in the regular season, pending the results of an upcoming exam.

Westbrook has registered a 3.97 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 174 2/3 innings (28 starts) for second-place St. Louis. The 34-year-old sinkerballer landed a one-year contract extension earlier this summer.

Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal and Lance Lynn are all candidates to take the vacant rotation spot.

  1. maynardstool - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    It’s gotta be Miller. Lynn is gassed and I don’t think Rosenthal is good enough to be a major league starter.

    Westbrook has been terrible since signing his extension. Very dumb and pointless decision to do that in-season.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Much will be known tomorrow after Chris Carpenter’s bullpen, if all goes well he’s starting Saturday in LA – hard to believe..

    I think we may see a Rosenthal/Miller (or vice versa) piggy back Thursday, who knows at this point..

  3. stlouis1baseball - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Things are going real well for us right now. Looking great!

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