St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook will not return from an oblique injury until the final week of the season, according to Tim McKernan of InsideSTL.com. Westbrook was injured in the fifth inning of the Sept. 8 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and it seems that the Cardinals will turn to Lance Lynn to start as his replacement in the meantime.
Westbrook is 13-11 on the season with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP and has been one of the top starting pitchers for the Cardinals this season.
Lynn is 15-7 so far this season and had a tremendous first half of the year but struggled after his hot start. He has spent time in the bullpen the last month. Lynn started for the Cardinals in Westbrook's spot on Thursday, going six innings and allowing just one run in the win.
The Cardinals face the Dodgers again tonight with Joe Kelly taking the mound against Chris Capuano, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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