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Jake Westbrook “ready to go” in case Cardinals need him

Oct 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jake Westbrook was left off the Cardinals’ playoff roster for the NLDS and NLCS, but the veteran right-hander is continuing to throw on the side in case he’s needed as an injury replacement.

Westbrook threw a 49-pitch simulated game yesterday, telling reporters afterward: “I’m ready to go, without a doubt. I feel strong in saying that, especially the way today went.”

Westbrook logged 175 innings with a 3.97 ERA during the regular season and worse pitchers have started games in this year’s playoffs, but he hasn’t seen game action since suffering a strained oblique muscle on September 8.

When the Cardinals needed an injury replacement for Jaime Garcia they chose rookie Shelby Miller, but Westbrook is in the mix in case St. Louis advances past San Francisco and wants to adjust the roster for the World Series.

  1. paperlions - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Isn’t this a bit like having a tanker of heating oil ready…just in case the fire department needs it?

  2. maynardstool - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    I’d rather see Shelby make a start over Westy

  3. albertmn - Oct 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Way to not pout and keep yourself ready. Whether you think he is any good or not, it is refreshing to see the right attitude instead of the whining and crying we see too often.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Oct 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I think Westbrook was the guy who kept Game 6 of the WS in check last year before all hell broke loose, not sure if he’s a direction I’d go in this year though.

    No idea which direction they’ll go in really, I’m all for short hooks no matter who starts.

    I don’t care who gets the outs, just get the outs.

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