Miles Mikolas strained forearm
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Miles Mikolas to undergo season-ending flexor tendon surgery

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Update (5:51 PM EDT): Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mikolas will undergo season-ending surgery on his flexor tendon. Daniel Ponce de Leon will take his rotation spot.


The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that starter Miles Mikolas has been placed on the injured list due to a strained right forearm. The club activated pitcher Giovanny Gallegos from the injured list and recalled pitcher Jake Woodford from the alternate training site.

Mikolas, 31, was slated to make his 2020 season debut against the Twins on Wednesday. He dealt with a sore flexor tendon towards the end of the 2019 season and the injury was exacerbated in spring training earlier this year. He would have missed the first month or so of the regular season had the sport not shut down in mid-March.

Mikolas was an All-Star and finished sixth in NL Cy Young voting in 2018, making his return to the majors after spending three seasons in Japan. His follow-up in 2019 was not as strong, as he led the NL with 14 losses while posting a 4.16 ERA, 144 strikeouts, and 32 walks over 184 innings.

The Cardinals inked Mikolas to a four-year, $68 million contract extension in February last year. This is obviously not the way either of them were hoping year one of the deal would go. With Mikolas out, Austin Gomber or Daniel Ponce de Leon could move from the bullpen to the rotation. Woodford could also start.

Tigers place Cron on IL due to left knee sprain

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DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers put first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a left knee sprain.

Cron exited Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning. He was hurt on a freak play in which a hard-hit ball by Danny Mendick bounced off him and was recovered by pitcher Daniel Norris, who retired Mendick with a diving tag.

Cron stayed on the ground in apparent pain during the play and afterward.

The Tigers added Cron this offseason to provide more power in what was an anemic lineup in 2019. He’s hitting .190 but has four home runs.

Detroit recalled infielder Willi Castro.