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All healed, Westbrook looks good for Cards

All healed, Westbrook looks good for Cards

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:00 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Knee fine, Jake Westbrook got down to business.
And he enjoyed it. 
Westbrook showed no ill effects of the bruised knee that forced him to leave his first spring start after one inning, limiting the Miami Marlins to a run and four hits over three innings of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-2 win Wednesday.
“Getting my work in and getting the allotted innings I was supposed to throw was a lot nicer than having to come out because of a line drive,” said Westbrook, who was struck below the knee by a comebacker in his first start.
Westbrook allowed a run in the third when Kyle Skipworth led off the inning with a double to center field and scored on Donovan Solano’s two-out single to left.
“I was really pleased today the way I felt going out for the third inning,” said Westbrook, who also struck out two in the third. “It’s just another step, getting my innings in and getting ready for the season.”
Westbrook received all the support he’d need from a couple of early long balls.
Top prospect Oscar Taveras put St. Louis on top in the second inning, sending Tom Koehler’s pitch over the center field wall for a two-run homer.
Matt Holliday added another two-run shot the following inning, reaching out to drive an 0-2 pitch to about the same spot where Taveras hit his.
Ronny Cedeno connected in the seventh, and Matt Adams and Rob Johnson added back-to-back homers in the eighth.
Koehler didn’t help his chances of making the Marlins, failing to get out of the third inning. Koehler allowed four runs, seven hits and walked two batters in 2 1/3 innings.
Miami minor league catcher Austin Barnes had a pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat of spring training.
NOTES: Cardinals 3B David Freese was held out of the lineup after falling on his tailbone while chasing a foul ball in Monday’s game against Minnesota. St. Louis Manager Mike Matheny said the Cardinals were being cautions with Freese and he could have played were it a regular season game.

Published in The Messenger 3.7.13

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