Westbrook faces former Cardinal Edwin Jackson; Descalso replaces Freese at third base

News-DemocratJune 19, 2013 

— Right-hander Jake Westbrook will make just his third home start of the season at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday when the St. Louis Cardinals face the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Westbrook (2-2, 2.05 ERA), who was on the disabled list from May 9 until Thursday because of right elbow inflammation, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two home starts, covering 15 innings.

In his first start coming off the disabled list Friday, Westbrook allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings, suffering a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

"I was glad to see that he felt good more than anything else," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Westbrook. "You're going to be rusty. These guys are too good and if you take a little time off, very rarely are you able to jump back in and pick up where you left off.

"So he was knocking off a little bit of the rust. Every time he gets on the mound, he's probably going to be a little sharper."

Westbrook is 5-2 with a 4.24 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs. He will be opposed by former Cardinal Edwin Jackson, who is 3-8 with a 5.40 ERA in his first season in Chicago.

Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract in December, making the Cubs his eighth team.

Third baseman David Freese is getting the day off for the Cardinals. Freese is being replaced by Daniel Descalso, who is batting .370 (27-for-73) with a .434 on-base percentage since April 30.

Here are the lineups:

CARDINALS (45-26)

Matt Carpenter, 2B

Carlos Beltran, RF

Matt Holliday, LF

Allen Craig, 1B

Yadier Molina, C

Jon Jay, CF

Daniel Descalso, 3B

Pete Kozma, SS

Jake Westbrook, P

CUBS (29-40)

Luis Valbuena, 3B

Starlin Castro, SS

Nate Schierholtz, RF

Alfonso Soriano, LF

Anthony Rizzo, 1B

Ryan Sweeney, CF

Welington Castillo, C

Darwin Barney, 2B

Edwin Jackson, P

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 239-2665.

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