BREAKING: Jake Westbrook Starting for Aeros

Cleveland Indians RHP Jake Westbrook will make his first rehab appearance of the 2009 season tonight with the Akron Aeros at 5:05 p.m. as they take on the Altoona Curve in a doubleheader. Westbrook will start game one tonight, it what will be his fourth rehab appearance in his career with the currently 34-19 Aeros after being shelved for most of the 2008 and thus far all of the 2009 season with elbow problems. He underwent Tommy John surgery just last September after also suffering through hip problems, and now seems destined to be with the Indians by the end of the month.

His return will be a huge boost to the Indians rotation that now includes red-hot Carl Pavano, Cliff Lee, David Huff, Jeremy Sowers and a currently unidentified replacement for Fausto Carmona (possibly the Zack Attack). Take a look at some of the career statistics for the 31-year-old Westbrook as he looks to make it back to the team where he has won only seven games over the past two and a half seasons:

2003: 7-10 with a 4.33 ERA, 22 starts (34 games), 133.0 IP
2004: 14-9 with a 3.38 ERA, 30 starts (33 games), 215.2 IP
2005: 15-15 with a 4.49 ERA, 34 starts, 210.2 IP
2006: 15-10 with a 4.17 ERA, 32 starts, 211.1 IP
2007: 6-9 with a 4.32 ERA, 25 starts, 152.0 IP
2008 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA, 5 starts, 34.2 IP

  • http://www.todddery.com TD

    see, this is the kind of stuff Jacob is on the payroll for! That is great to hear. Only 6 back, we could use a boost, and this is Jake’s first step to getting abck with the big club.

  • DJ

    Thought I heard it was Tomo Ohka replacing Carmona (especially he has relieved Carmona the last couple starts), at least that’s what the PD reported…

  • DJ

    Either way, I agree that this is huge for a rotation that desperately needs him right now. Here’s hoping he can make it back in the next couple weeks.

  • S-Dub

    Don’t look now but we’re 6 back!!! If Jake can get back, can we say we MIGHT be able to make a run and swing something in our favor at the deadline?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Jacob Rosen

    Absolutely, I definitely agree S-Dub. And you are right DJ, I read just in the Beacon Journal just after writing this post that Okha is the current pick for replacing Carmona in the rotation. I don’t know about you all, but I certainly did not expect a Pavano-Lee-Sowers-Huff-Okha rotation at any point this season.