No official word yet, but based on the results and some candid thoughts after his outing with the Aeros Friday, Indians right-hander Jake Westbrook appears to be ready to be activated.
While on a major league rehab assisgnment with the Aeros Friday, Westbrook pitched six shutout innings, scattering three hits to help lead the Aeros to a 4-0 shutout over the Erie SeaWolves. The only concern he had was with his command, which was a little off as shown by issuing four walks.
Still, after his outing, Westbrook talked about being ready to re-join his big league teammates.
"I felt good about my side, I felt good about my arm,'' Westbrook said. "I think I'm ready to come back when they're ready for me.''
Indians closer Joe Borowski said the same thing after his one sharp inning for the Aeros Wednesday with Tribe GM Mark Shapiro watching in person. He was activated Friday morning.
Now, Westbrook is next. Although I'd hate to be the Tribe officials who have to tell Aaron Laffey and his 1.60 ERA he has to go back to Triple-A Buffalo.
"He's been real impressive,'' Westbrook said. "He pitched well for us last year, too.''
Hopefully, it won't be long before Laffey's in the Indians rotation full time. But until then, Westbrook's ready to claim his spot.