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• Jake Westbrook rejoined the Cardinals in San Francisco on Saturday after spending the week in Georgia, where his wife, Heather, gave birth to the couple's fourth child. Westbrook, who has been sidelined with a right oblique strain since late September, continues to work through a throwing program in hopes of being considered for the World Series roster, should the Cardinals advance another round.

• Matheny is no stranger to San Francisco, as it is the place where he wrapped up his 13-year playing career. Several Giants coaches -- including bullpen coach Mark Gardner, pitching coach Dave Righetti and bench coach Ron Wotus -- were all a part of the San Francisco staff that Matheny played under from 2005-06.

"It's a quality group of people over [there]," Matheny said. "And I was very fortunate to be a part of this organization for a couple of years and watch some young careers begin, like a Matt Cain. I knew Tim Lincecum was on the way. It was a nice place to play, and [I] definitely learned a lot of things."

• The Cardinals, though limited to keeping 25 players active, continue to travel with a much larger party. Three non-roster players -- Ryan Jackson, Victor Marte and Bryan Anderson -- remain with the club in case any would need to be added due to injury. Lance Berkman, Rafael Furcal and Kyle McClellan -- all of whom are out for the season due to injury -- are around simply for support.

• Jake Westbrook rejoined the Cardinals in San Francisco on Saturday after spending the week in Georgia, where his wife, Heather, gave birth to the couple's fourth child. Westbrook, who has been sidelined with a right oblique strain since late September, continues to work through a throwing program in hopes of being considered for the World Series roster, should the Cardinals advance another round.

• Matheny is no stranger to San Francisco, as it is the place where he wrapped up his 13-year playing career. Several Giants coaches -- including bullpen coach Mark Gardner, pitching coach Dave Righetti and bench coach Ron Wotus -- were all a part of the San Francisco staff that Matheny played under from 2005-06.

"It's a quality group of people over [there]," Matheny said. "And I was very fortunate to be a part of this organization for a couple of years and watch some young careers begin, like a Matt Cain. I knew Tim Lincecum was on the way. It was a nice place to play, and [I] definitely learned a lot of things."

• The Cardinals, though limited to keeping 25 players active, continue to travel with a much larger party. Three non-roster players -- Ryan Jackson, Victor Marte and Bryan Anderson -- remain with the club in case any would need to be added due to injury. Lance Berkman, Rafael Furcal and Kyle McClellan -- all of whom are out for the season due to injury -- are around simply for support.