Indians' Westbrook Has Elbow Surgery

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Right-handed pitcher Jake Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday night at a Cleveland hospital, the Indians said Wednesday at training camp.

Westbrook, expected to battle for the fifth spot in the Indians' starting rotation, had surgery at Lutheran Medical Center. Team doctors performed a transposition of the ulnar never and repaired some minor spurring.

"From what I heard, everything went just fine," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Hopefully, he should be throwing again sometime in mid-May, but it will be around the first of June before he is ready to help us."

The 24-year-old reported some soreness in his right elbow after one day of throwing in camp last week. He will return to spring training next week to begin a rehabilitation program. He is expected to begin throwing in six weeks.

Westbrook went 4-4 with a 5.58 ERA in 23 games with the Indians in 2001 after going 8-1 at Class AAA Buffalo. He was acquired from the Yankees with two other players on July 25, 2000, in a deal that sent outfielder David Justice to the New York Yankees.

Westbrook is with his fourth organization. Selected by Colorado in the first round of the 1996 draft, he was dealt to Montreal in 1997 and to the Yankees in 1999.

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