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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Reds won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, in St. Louis. The Reds won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Jake Westbrook pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) By Jim Prisching St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Jake Westbrook pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching) By Jim Prisching

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Former NL Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter is on track to be the St. Louis Cardinals' opening-day starter, former 20-game winner Adam Wainwright is back from reconstructive elbow surgery, Jaime Garcia is a top left-hander and underrated Kyle Lohse led the staff in victories.

Then there's the slimmer, trimmer Jake Westbrook.

The 34-year-old sinkerballer was inconsistent last season, then virtually unused during the postseason. He shed 20 pounds at the team's urging and wants to show he can be counted upon.

Westbrook's 12-9 record was accompanied by a 4.66 ERA and 1.51 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning), and he was bothered by plantar fasciitis on both feet.


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