Mikolas Placed on Paternity Leave

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that pitcher Miles Mikolas has been placed on the paternity list to be with his wife for the arrival of their twins.

A first time All-Star, Mikolas left the festivities earlier this week in Washington, DC to fly home and be with his family in Florida.

In his place, the Cardinals have recalled pitcher Matt Bowman from Memphis (AAA).

The placement of Mikolas on the paternity list sheds some light on how the starting rotation could line up for the team as they return from the All-Star break tomorrow.

Mikolas is allowed to take up to three days on the paternity list, which could have him arriving back with the Cardinals to start one of the doubleheader games on Saturday. Team President John Mozeliak has previously noted that Luke Weaver is likely to be the other starter as the team will employ the “doubleheader rule” to allow for a 26th player on the roster.

That leaves Carlos Martinez, Jack Flaherty, and John Gant as the options already on the active roster who could make the starts on Thursday and Friday. Based on previous scenarios, it would seem most likely that Martinez and Flaherty would be on the mound with Gant available out of the bullpen.

Gant could also be the starter for Sunday’s game, however, Austin Gomber last threw for Memphis on Wednesday. He would be on regular rest and provide a left-handed alternative to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Dakota Hudson had also been mentioned by Mozeliak as a possible option for Sunday, but he is starting tonight in Memphis. Also on the 40-man roster is Daniel Poncedeleon, who has his spot for the Redbirds come up on Saturday.

In his last start, Poncedeleon threw a complete game, one-hit, shutout as he struck out five batters and was later named PCL Pitcher of the Week.

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