If Cards advance, Westbrook could be available

If Cards advance, Westbrook could be available

If Cards advance, Westbrook could be available
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Westbrook threw another bullpen session on Friday and afterward spoke optimistically about his chances of being healthy enough to contribute by the start of the World Series.

There is no guarantee that if the Cardinals advance to face the Tigers that Westbrook would be added to the team's 25-man roster. But the right-hander remains intent on proving that he is ready, if needed, now six weeks removed from suffering a right oblique injury.

Westbrook is slated to throw another simulated game on Monday -- his second in a week -- at either Busch Stadium or AT&T Park, depending on whether the Cardinals wrap up the National League Championship Series on Sunday.

Westbrook threw 49 pitches in his simulated game last Tuesday. This time, he will extend himself even further.

Although it recently seemed a long shot that Westbrook would push his way onto a postseason roster, Lance Lynn's two subpar NLCS starts could make Westbrook a more intriguing option. Though his pitch count would likely be limited, Westbrook could slide back into the rotation. He could also fit into the bullpen mix if the Cardinals want to make a change there.