Following his first rehab start on Tuesday for Springfield (AA), St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook was enthused enough about his performance to already look ahead to his next start.
“I’m excited about how I felt and how I was able to handle sixty pitches,” said Westbrook. “Throw a bullpen in a couple of days and, obviously, see how it feels tomorrow as well. I feel like it’s going to be feeling pretty good and kind of get into that routine of starting and throw my bullpen and be ready to go again on Sunday.”
Westbrook pitched 3 2/3 innings for Springfield, giving up six hits and one earned run, and struck out five batters.
“I wasn’t too concerned with the hits because they were groundball hits, the majority of them,” said Westbrook. “I had a good mix, which was good for what I needed to accomplish and work on. My goal was to come in here and throw all my pitches – well, I don’t think I threw a curveball, which is my fifth-best pitch anyway.”
Of his 60 pitches, 45 were strikes and the right-hander will look to increase his pitch load on Sunday in Peoria (A).
“Hopefully, that will be 75 or 80 pitches,” said Westbrook. “If that goes well, hopefully I’ll get back into the big leagues.”
Westbrook has been on the disabled list since May 9 due to elbow inflammation that flared up during his start the day before against Chicago.