PEORIA — St. Louis Cardinals veteran right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas will continue his rehab from an arm injury with the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday.
Mikolas will start for Peoria against the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a High-A Central League game at Dozer Park at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, according to Chiefs general manager Jason Mott.
It was previously thought Mikolas, who turns 33 in 10 days, would make that start at Double-A Springfield. It’s possible the Cardinals shifted him to Peoria when COVID-19 surfaced on the Springfield roster this week.
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The Chiefs will also have a post-game fireworks show on Saturday and a post-game concert by Christian band Remedy Drive.
Mikolas went on the IL on May 23, one day after his last MLB outing — four innings in a 2-1 Cardinals victory over the Cubs on May 22. He reportedly received a stem cell injection due to a small calcification found within the flexor tendon of his throwing arm.
This will be Mikolas’ eighth minor league appearance in 2021. He has five previous appearances for Triple-A Memphis and two with Springfield.
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Mikolas missed the 2020 season after having surgery to repair that flexor tendon.
He signed a four-year, $68 million deal with St. Louis before the 2019 season. He went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 2018 after returning from playing in Japan the previous three years.
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star sports columnist, and covers Bradley men’s basketball, the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.
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