St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook may miss the rest of the season after a setback on Saturday with the oblique injury he suffered on Sept. 8 against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to MLB.com.
Westbrook only managed to get through 10 pitches of his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday before he stopped throwing and walked back to the clubhouse. Westbrook now doubts whether he'll be able to pitch again this season.
"It was just there," Westbrook said of the discomfort. "Knowing that I feel it then in the first 10 pitches, when I start getting after it, it's not going to be much better. It has slowly gotten worse each day. I was hoping I could bounce back. That's not the case."
Lance Lynn returned to the rotation in place of Westbrook. Lynn is 2-0 while only allowing one run since his return.
Westbrook's absence means that Lynn will start on Monday in the first of three games against the Houston Astros. Jaime Garcia and Chris Carpenter will pitch the final two games of the series.