Westbrook shut down for six weeks

Jake Westbrook’s visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles resulted in some good news and bad news.

The good news is Westbrook has no structural damage in his surgically repaired right elbow.

The bad news is that Westbrook is still experiencing soreness as a result of scar tissue in the elbow and will be shut down for the next six weeks, according to head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff.

That pretty much kills any chance of Westbrook pitching for the Tribe this season. As for next year, the Indians are in the process of determining whether or not Westbrook will pitch winter ball to build up his arm strength for Spring Training 2010.

More info on Indians.com in a little bit.


I think most of us expected this and, some ways, preferred it. I think we all worried about Westbrook rushing to come back to a steam that isn’t in a race.
I look forward to getting Jake back at some point, and hopefully 6+ months on his own terms will be enough to get him back into it.
AC, any word on Scott Lewis? He seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle these days.

Lewis pitched four innings last night for the Rookie League team, gave up 1 ER and had 6 K.

I was about to ask about Scott Lewis myself.

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