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Jake Westbrook | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/29/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 1 (21) / COL

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Jake Westbrook has announced his retirement from baseball.
Westbrook, 36, made the decision after failing to draw much interest over the winter. "The interest that I was getting wasn’t significant enough for me to go through the grind of another year and be away from my family," Westbrook said. "I was kind of 50-50 on whether I wanted to play anyway. I’m good with the decision." The sinkerballer finishes his career with a 105-103 record and 4.32 ERA across parts of 13 seasons. He'll now be able to spend more time with his wife and four children. Fri, Feb 14, 2014 02:26:00 PM

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have "no interest" in Jake Westbrook.

Hoynes reported in October that the Tribe could be interested in a reunion with the right-hander, but apparently that ship has sailed. Westbrook has generated zero buzz on the market this winter after the Cardinals declined his $9.5 million option for 2014. The sinkerballer posted a 4.63 ERA and ugly 44/50 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings last season but still seems likely to crack someone's Opening Day rotation next year.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Cardinals declined RHP Jake Westbrook's $9.5 million mutual option for 2014.

Westbrook will receive a $1 million buyout and hit free agency. It was an easy call for the Cardinals after the veteran right-hander posted a 4.63 ERA and 44/50 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings this season while dealing with multiple injuries. The 36-year-old indicated in September that he was thinking about retirement.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes that the Indians could be interested in a reunion with Jake Westbrook.

Westbrook, who spent nine years from 2001-2010 with the Indians, hasn't yet decided whether he'll retire or attempt to pitch again in 2014. He's coming off a disappointing season in which he registered a 4.63 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 44/50 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings. The Cardinals are expected to decline their $9.5 million mutual option on the 36-year-old right-hander.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 04:14:00 PM

Jake Westbrook indicated Sunday that he was unsure if he'll return in 2014 or retire.

"Whatever happens, who knows?" he said. Westbrook said earlier this season that he planned to continue his career, but the 36-year-old's struggles with performance and health apparently have him re-thinking things. He and the Cardinals have a $9.5 million mutual option for 2014, but the Cards will decline it.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 10:41:00 PM

Jake Westbrook will start for the Cardinals in Sunday's regular season finale against the Cubs.

It's a nice gesture by the Cardinals to recognize the contributions that the veteran right-hander has made to the team over the years. Sunday's previously scheduled starter, Joe Kelly, will work in relief after Westbrook.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 02:46:00 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Jake Westbrook from the 15-day disabled list.

Westbrook missed the minimum 15 days with a lower back strain. He's expected to be used in a long relief role for now, but it's possible he could be an option to replace the struggling Lance Lynn.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 12:54:00 PM

Jake Westbrook (back) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Westbrook hasn't had any issues with his lower back strain and hopes to be activated when first eligible. He'll likely be used in long relief when he returns.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Cardinals placed RHP Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, with a lower back strain.

It's probably a phantom injury, as Westbrook was poised to lose his rotation spot, anyway. He'll likely be used in long relief when he returns next month. Carlos Martinez has been recalled to take Westbrook's roster spot and will also likely assume his spot in the rotation.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 12:05:00 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said during an interview on CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis Friday that he expects Jake Westbrook (back) to go on the disabled list.

It's debatable whether or not Westbrook is really injured, but either way the Cards are going to need a starter on Monday. Mozeliak said that Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons are all options but a decision had not yet been made. It's worth noting that Wacha appeared in relief Thursday, so he'd be going on three days' rest Monday. Martinez is currently scheduled to start Friday at Triple-A Memphis, so if he ends up getting scratched he will likely be the choice to take Westbrook's spot.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Jake Westbrook is currently dealing with back stiffness.

That's the reason why he didn't take batting practice with the other starting pitchers Thursday. However, it's unclear whether it will prevent him from making his next start. Injury or not, he doesn't deserve a rotation spot at the moment.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 05:55:00 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't ready to say whether Jake Westbrook will start against the Reds next week.

Westbrook allowed five runs (four earned) over 4 2/3 innings against the Brewers on Wednesday and owns an ugly 9.69 ERA and 11/16 K/BB ratio over his last 26 innings of work. With the Cardinals jockeying for position in the NL Central, it's time for them to consider other options. For what it's worth, Westbrook didn't hit with the other starters on Thursday and merely watched, so one could take this as a hint about their future plans.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 05:42:00 PM

Jake Westbrook was pulled after allowing five runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Brewers.

Westbrook was given a big early lead -- seven runs in the first two innings -- but he was on the verge of letting it slip away when he was replaced by Kevin Siegrist in the fifth. Siegrist was able to get out of the jam, protecting the 7-5 lead and Westbrook's ERA. This really needs to be the end of Westbrook's time in the rotation, at least for a little while. Maybe Carlos Martinez will come up and replace him next week.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Jake Westbrook will remain in the Cardinals' rotation and make his scheduled start on Wednesday in Milwaukee, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

Westbrook has allowed 24 earned runs over his last 21 1/3 innings. The veteran has allowed nine runs in the first inning of his last two starts. "I know it's frustrating for him," Matheny said. "And baffling to us to try to put it all together. But, physically he feels good and, after you get past that first inning, he looks good." Westbrook's ERA has bloated from 2.95 to 4.35 since July 24.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 10:54:00 AM

Jake Westbrook struggled through 6 2/3 innings on Friday, giving up seven runs -- six earned -- and walking five against the Cubs.

One of the walks was intentional, but even so, that still makes four unintentional walks for Westbrook in two of his last three outings. He's lost four straight starts and hasn't looked very good in any of them. The Cardinals have too many alternatives to keep giving him the ball while he's struggling like this. Maybe they'll go to Michael Wacha or Carlos Martinez next.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Francisco Pena
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Bud Norris
2Jordan Hicks
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Greg Holland
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Brebbia
11Austin Gomber
12Mike Mayers
13John Gant