Struggling Jake Westbrook will remain in the Cardinals’ rotation said manager Mike Matheny with Westbrook taking his scheduled turn on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Westbrook has allowed 29 hits and 24 earned runs in his last 21 1/3 innings over four appearances one of them in relief. He allowed six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs on Friday suffering a 7-0 loss his fourth in succession.

Matheny asked what would happen if Westbrook 35 had another poor outing said “Get him out there one at a time. I don’t want to go too far on the ‘what-ifs?’ Just keep moving forward.”

In his last two outings Westbrook has given up nine of those 24 runs in the first innings that he’s pitched.

“That’s a little bizarre” said Matheny. “He’s so effective after that.

“I know it’s frustrating for him. And baffling to us to try to put it all together. But physically he feels good and after you get past that first inning he looks good.”

After his 11-3 win over Philadelphia on July 24 a game in which Westbrook pitched seven innings his earned run average was 2.95. Now it’s 4.35.