Aug 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals activate Jake Westbrook from disabled list

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Some good news for the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans was just announced today as right handed pitcher Jake Westbrook was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Westbrook who has been on the disabled list with a lower back strain, threw in the bullpen before Tuesday’s game. Before being placed on the disabled list, Westbrook was 7-8 on the year with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts and one relief appearance before he was sidelined with his injury.

Now with the Cardinals opening a series against the first place Pittsburgh Pirates, they are going to need all hands on deck if they want to win this division. The Cardinals are currently a game in a half behind the Pirates who are having an amazing season, so this weekends division battle should have a playoff feel too it.

So now that Westbrook is ready to return to action and could either be called from the bullpen or replace the struggling Lance Lynn in the starting rotation.

Lynn gave up three home runs against the Cincinnati Reds in his last outing in a 6-2 loss to the division rivals. It was his first three home run game since June 14th, 2012 at Kansas City.

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