UPDATE: Mikolas likely to miss Opening Day with injury

"We know who they are, so now it's about going out there and competing," Shildt says when asked who could take Mikolas' spot in the rotation.

Sam Masterson
February 15, 2020 - 12:02 pm

JUPITER, Fla. (KMOX) - St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas will be on a non-throwing program for the next three to four weeks and his spot on the Opening Day roster is likely open, according to manager Mike Shildt. 

Shildt confirmed that Mikolas will have a PRP injection in his right forearm due to discomfort he felt through most of last season. 

When asked who the guys are that could step up into Mikolas' role in the rotation, he rattled off Carlos Martinez, Kwang-Hyun Kim, John Gant, Génesis Cabrera, Alex Reyes, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Austin Gomber. 

"We know who they are, so now it's about going out there and competing," Shildt says. 

Listen to more of what Shildt had to say here. He was asked about switching to a four-man rotation, how Mikolas is feeling after the setback and more: 


KMOX's previous reporting:

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas has been taken off his throwing program due to a "setback" involving the flexor tendon in his right forearm. There wasn't much concern from Manager Mike Shildt who spoke to media on Saturday after a rainy workout. 

The setback is likely going to affect his timetable for when he throws in Spring Training games.

"When I try to crank a ball loose, it's a little uncomfortable," Mikolas says. 

Mikolas says he had an MRI Saturday morning and says it's "nothing new, nothing different or nothing worse."

As far as how much time Mikolas will be in a non-throw program, Shildt says it will be "day-to-day."

"There’s some concern, he’s in a setback," Shildt says. "I’m not as concerned because it’s more tendon and we can heal that quicker. We’re comfortable about what it is and getting our head around it. So, I’m concerned that he’s setback but I’m not concerned that it’s a major setback."

Mikolas received a PFP injection in his forearm after the 2019 season. Shildt explained that what Mikolas is feeling now hasn't worsened since what he decided to pitch through most of last season. 

He says it will be something that can be fixed with rest and no produced is expected.

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