Westbrook was invited because he was next on the list of voting
by players, coaches and managers. Pedro Martinez was first invited
to replace Schilling, who wants to rest a deep bone bruise in his
right ankle, but declined.
"That really means a lot to me," said Westbrook (6-4), who
ranks fourth in the AL with a 3.21 ERA and is tied for third with
two complete games.
"It's definitely an honor and I am really, really excited."
Westbrook began this season in the bullpen, but got a chance in
the starting rotation shortly after pitching seven perfect innings
in relief April 19 against Detroit -- retiring all 21 Tigers he
faced and striking out seven.
"That game gave me the confidence I needed," Westbrook said.
The 26-year-old acknowledged that he'll likely be nervous before
the game Tuesday night in Houston.
"I feel a little nervous right now, jittery," he said. "I
mean, it's the All-Star game."
The selection caused a change in the pitcher's plans.
"I was supposed to go to my grandparents' house for dinner
Monday night," Westbrook said. "I told my grandma I had to cancel
the plans and she was a little disappointed. Then I told her I was
going to the All-Star game and she was excited."
AL manager Joe Torre of the Yankees is familiar with Westbrook,
who was traded to Cleveland in the July 2000 deal that brought
outfielder David Justice to New York.
"I remember him sitting on my couch in spring training," Torre
said. "He was excited just to start a spring training game. He's
come a long way since then.
"He's had some physical problems, up and down from the minors.
Now all of a sudden, he's invited to go to the All-Star game. It's
Westbrook had surgery on his right elbow in March 2001 and was
sidelined until mid-July. He also spent time on the disabled list
in 2002 with inflammation in his elbow.
"Jake's a battler," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's
very deserving of being an all-star. I'm proud of him and happy for
Along with left-hander C.C. Sabathia, Westbrook gives the
Indians two starting pitchers in an All-Star game for the first
time since Luis Tiant and lefty Sam McDowell in 1968.