Jake Westbrook is eligible to come off the D.L. today and, according to Bernie Miklasz, the Cardinals are suggesting he could return to the rotation.
Miklasz goes on to suggest that, if Westbrook replaces anyone in the rotation, it should be Lance Lynn and, after another clunker last night, I would tend to agree with him.
However, its not like Westbrook was tearing it up before he went on the D.L. So, would replacing Lynn with Westbrook really be an upgrade?
Another option would be to use Jake out of the pen, but, as I mentioned before, Westbrook takes a while to get loose and a bullpen role would not allow him that luxury.
Another option might be to go with a 6 man rotation, allowing the Cardinals to give extra rest to their youngsters. The Cardinals have already shown their reluctance to push their young starter, primarily Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha, past their arbitrary innings limits. Going this route could help the team keep their innings down and allow them to use those guys more freely in the playoffs.
Personally, I don't think I want to see either Westbrook or Lynn in the rotation down the stretch. I think the Cardinals should go with Carlos Martinez as he probably gives the team a better chance to win.
Let Lynn try to sort out his issues in the bullpen and let Westbrook act as another pitching coach, if he cannot handle a bullpen role.
In any case, neither has shown enough lately for the Cardinals to consider them reliable options in the rotation. Its time to give someone else a shot.