Starter Miles Mikolas Returns to Cardinals Injured List

photo: Miles Mikolas (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’ (Sunday, May 23) series finale with the Cubs, that they have placed right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas (right forearm tightness) on the 10-day Injured List and recalled right-handed reliever Junior Fernandez from Memphis (AAA).

Miles Mikolas

Mikolas, who was removed from last night’s game after 4.0 innings of work, was making his first appearance in the majors since the 2019 N.L. Championship Series.   Mikolas, 32, missed all of the abbreviated 2020 season and the beginning of the 2021 campaign while recovering from surgery to repair his right flexor tendon.

Junior Fernandez

Fernandez has appeared in one game for the Cardinals this season and in 17 since his debut season in 2019.  The 24-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has worked in five games for Memphis this season, striking out 10 in his 5.1 IP with one save and 3.38 ERA.

Fernandez wears uniform no. 44.

Brian Walton’s take

Mikolas had injections to speed healing in October 2019 and again in March 2020. After experiencing discomfort during 2020 spring camp, he underwent the flexor tendon procedure. This March, almost exactly two months ago, he suffered shoulder soreness due to overthrowing and needed this long to build up his workload.

On Sunday Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said regarding Mikolas Saturday night MRI that “everything looks structurally intact, which is encouraging.” The Cardinals will make a decision following the series at the White Sox as to how they will fill Mikolas rotation spot next turn next weekend. A possibility would be Johan Oviedo.

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