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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.

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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.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.