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Cards activate Westbrook, ponder his role

2013-09-06T13:12:00Z 2013-09-06T13:53:14Z Cards activate Westbrook, ponder his roleBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

ST. LOUIS • The Cardinals activated veteran starter Jake Westbrook from the disabled list this afternoon and he will be available to the team tonight as Pittsburgh arrives for a three-game series.

But his role has yet to be determined.

The Cardinals will consider Westbrook as a candidate for the rotation -- he could start as soon as next week against Milwaukee -- or as an option in the bullpen. Asked this past week about how Westbrook would work out of the bullpen given his previous looks out there and what he needs to warm up, a Cardinals official said that it was the role Westbrook had in the 2011 World Series.

Westbrook is 7-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 19 games this season

Manager Mike Matheny said that Westbrook would be considered for a start, though he did not say whether that would mean moving someone out of the rotation.

Shelby Miller rebounded from a difficult start in Pittsburgh to pitch 5 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' only win at Cincinnati this past week. Lance Lynn allowed three home runs and pitched five innings Thursday night in a loss at Great American Ball Park. He has lost five consecutive decisions, and the club has talked both about his need to improve and find his focus in starts and a need to "to stick with him" so that he can figure it out.

Asked Thursday night if the things that Lynn is trying to work on is easier to allow in April as opposed to during the pennant chase of September, Matheny said: "We're always trying to get guys to work through stuff. We just try to put them in position to succeed while they’re out there competing. He’s close. Today it didn’t work."

Check back throughout the afternoon and evening here at C-Beat for news and notes from the ballpark as the first-place Pirates visit.

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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Baseball writers Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel cover the Cardinals for the Post-Dispatch and STLtoday.com. They'll provide daily Cardinals updates here, from the start of spring training through the end of the season and beyond.

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