Cardinals place Westbrook on DL, recall Carlos Martinez

ST. LOUIS — Struggling/injured veteran out, promising rookie in. The shuffling of the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching staff continued Friday.

The Cardinals placed right-handed starter Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, and recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis.

As reporter Stan McNeal reported Thursday, Westbrook has been pitching with back stiffness. He also has been ineffective since his last win July 24. In five appearances since that victory he has four losses and has allowed four or more earned runs in each game. Only once in that stretch did he pitch more than five innings.

Westbrook had been scheduled to start Monday. The team has not announced who will take his spot in the rotation, but the likely candidates are rookies Tyler Lyons and Martinez. Michael Wacha also might get consideration, though he appears to be settling into a late-relief role.

The hard-throwing Martinez, 21, is 0-1 in 11 games (one start) for the Cardinals. He has struck out 13 batters in 16 major league innings. In 12 starts for Memphis, Martinez was 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA.

By the time Westbrook returns from the DL, rosters will be expanded and Martinez will be able to remain with the team.