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Westbrook's Rehab

Jake couldn't find the plate again last night (4.0 IP, 2H, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 41 balls/40 stikes), but has proclaimed himself ready to join the big club:

"I think I'm ready. Obviously, that's [Cleveland's] decision. But I feel like 90 pitches, I'm up to that, and I could go 100, 100-plus."  From the Buffalo News.

On Saturday, Wedge had indicated that Westbrook would be activated after this last start in Buffalo.

Wedge was asked if this will definitively be the final rehab for Westbrook, who hasn't felt any pain in the abdominal region in over a month.

"Barring something unforeseen, yeah," Wedge said.

  From last week on MLB.com.

Now, rehab starts are not necessarily about results.  But it would seem that the Indians are in position to give Westbrook another rehab start, with Stanford pitching well so far.  

Of course, another rehab start won't answer the question of what will happen with Lee/Stanford after Jake returns.  It seems like they will have to decide to send one of the two to the pen.

Rehab assignments are limited to 30 days for pitchers and 20 days for hitters, according to Article XIX(c) of the CBA.  (The old one.)  There are some provisions that shorten that time period, but they don't seem to apply here.  Westbrook's first rehab start was on June 1.

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