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Westbrook expects to be ready for spring training following surgery

Newly re-signed Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook believes he will be ready for spring training following off-season shoulder surgery.

Westbrook had to have the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder repaired after he damaged it swining at a pitch during his second start with St. Louis after a mid-season trade, according to an NBC report.

“It only hurt to swing so I wasn’t too worried about it,” Westbrook told NBC. “I should be good to go when the season starts, and I don’t think they’re too concerned about my hitting. “I’ll be good to go throwing the ball like any other year, so I’m not really sweating the whole swinging thing.”

I hope the Redbirds take their time bringing Westbrook along. Although the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, pain from the recovery could alter his throwing motion and risk damage to his pitching arm. And that's a gamble the team can't afford to take.