Jake Westbrook has been trying to ignore elbow pain since spring training. The St. Louis pitcher and the team finally decided it was time for a break.
“I’ve pitched through a lot of stuff through my career,” Westbrook said Sunday. “It just kind of got a little more inflamed than I would have liked my last start.”
The Cardinals will place the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation and plan to select the contract of left-hander John Gast in time for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Mets.
“I’m 35, so I probably have more problems,” Westbrook said. “I don’t think it’s anything to be super-alarmed about.”
General manager John Mozeliak said Westbrook likely would miss two starts after complaining about the elbow in his last outing, but emphasized it was a minor injury. He said after the 35-year-old pitcher got a cortisone injection on Friday that he’d certainly not be able to make his next start.
Astros designate Humber
The Houston Astros have designated pitcher Philip Humber for assignment, a day after he gave up five runs while only getting two outs in a loss to the Texas Rangers.
Just a year removed from pitching the 21st perfect game in major-league history, Humber had a terrible start to 2013. He was 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA.
He started the season in the rotation, but was moved to the bullpen on Wednesday. He threw 1 ⅓ scoreless innings in relief on Thursday before taking the loss in his second relief appearance on Saturday night.
Melky Cabrera to get ring
Melky Cabrera will receive his World Series ring this week when the San Francisco Giants make a two-game stop in Toronto to face his Blue Jays.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy says he intends to speak with Cabrera and thank him for his contributions to the reigning World Series champions. Cabrera was suspended for 50 games Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test.
Bochy will present Cabrera with his sparkly Tiffany & Co. ring, probably before the series opener Tuesday night.
Cabrera was the MVP of last year’s All-Star game. He was batting an NL-leading .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI in his first season with San Francisco when he was suspended. Though he was eligible to play, Cabrera was left off the postseason roster.
Orioles recall Belfiore
The Baltimore Orioles have recalled left-hander Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk.
Belfiore takes the place of starting pitcher Steve Johnson, who allowed seven hits and six earned runs while striking out three in four innings Saturday night in his first start of the season and was optioned after the game.
Belfiore will be making his major-league debut.