Cardinals activate Jake Westbrook from 15-day DL
SEP 06, 2013 12:09p ET
The Cardinals announced Friday they have activated Westbrook, who had been resting a lower back strain. He went on the disabled list Aug. 22.
Westbrook had been struggling before going on the DL. He has not won since beating the Phillies on July 24. Westbrook, 35, got hammered in each of his next five appearances, allowing no fewer than four earned runs (and as many as nine). He is 7-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 19 games (18 starts, plus one emergency long-relief stint) this season.
While Westbrook was on the DL, the Cardinals have gotten spot starts (one each) from rookies Trevor Lyons and Michael Wacha while shuttling pitchers back and forth between St. Louis and the minors until rosters were expanded. Manager Mike Matheny has not said whether Westbrook will return to the rotation or be used out of the bullpen.
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