September 9: Brewers (69-70) @ Cardinals (74-65)

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

A surprising development down in the Cardinals’ clubhouse this morning, as it was revealed that right-hander Jake Westbrook suffered a right oblique injury during his start last night. The severity of the injury is unknown, though Westbrook said he will stay back in St. Louis for evaluation. He will not make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

As for who will step in to take Westbrook’s spot, manager Mike Matheny wouldn’t say. The Cardinals obviously have several starting options — Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal and Lance Lynn. Chris Carpenter, who is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday, wouldn’t be ready to pitch on Thursday. But after one more turn through the rotation, Carpenter could stick as the fifth pitcher in the rotation should Westbrook have to miss several starts.

Westbrook said he has dealt with oblique injuries twice before, though both of those were on the left side. He estimated he missed six weeks recovering from that injury both times.

For more on Westbrook, visit Cardinals.com this afternoon.

As for the rest of the injury roundup: David Freese (left ankle) remains out of the lineup. The ankle is still swollen, though Matheny said the club is optimistic that Freese will be back on the field soon. … Matt Carpenter is back on Sunday after leaving Saturday’s game with several lacerations on his hands. The cuts have been glued — yes, glued — back together, and Carpenter hopes to be able to manage without having to turn to batting gloves.

CARDINALS LINEUP:

  1. Jon Jay (CF)
  2. Matt Carpenter (3B)
  3. Matt Holliday (LF)
  4. Allen Craig (1B)
  5. Carlos Beltran (RF)
  6. Skip Schumaker (2B)
  7. Tony Cruz (C)
  8. Daniel Descalso (SS)
  9. Joe Kelly (RHP)

BREWERS LINEUP:

  1. Norichika Aoki (RF)
  2. Rickie Weeks (2B)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Aramis Ramirez (3B)
  5. Corey Hart (1B)
  6. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
  7. Carlos Gomez (CF)
  8. Jean Segura (SS)
  9. Shaun Marcum (RHP)

Division standings are here. Wild card standings are here.

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