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Padres Recall Mikolas, Place O’Sullivan on Paternity Leave; Maybin to Start Rehab 

Breaking News - Ian Smith

For the second time this season, a Padres player will be heading out on paternity leave as right-handed pitcher Sean O’Sullivan was placed on leave due to the expected birth of his first born child. O’Sullivan pitched Monday evening, earning a no-decision after giving up only one run over six innings pitched.

So far for the Padres this season, O’Sullivan has posted an 0-2 record with a 3.72 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched over 4 games. Of those four games, O’Sullivan started three and posted a 2.63 ERA when in the starting role. O’Sullivan started the season with Triple-A Tucson, but following injuries to both Clayton Richard and Jason Marquis, O’Sullivan found a way onto the team and into the rotation.

Replacing O’Sullivan in the interim will be RHP Miles Mikolas, who will be making his fourth stint with the big league club this season. Mikolas last appeared on July 11 – his only appearance this season – where he posted a scoreless inning of relief against the San Francisco Giants.

Mikolas has seen success at the Triple-A level this season, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.86 ERA and collecting 21 saves in 44 games. Mikolas made his major league debut last season posting a 2-1 record with a 3.62 ERA in 25 appearances. Mikolas was a 7th round draft pick by the Padres back in 2009.

In additional Padres news, General Manager Josh Byrnes also announced that outfielder Cameron Maybin would begin a rehab assignment with the Tucson Padres starting Tuesday night. Maybin has spent almost the entire season on the disabled list, having only played in 14 games between stints on the disabled list.

Maybin started the season off slowly, posting a mere 0.91 batting average with 1 RBI in 10 games before being placed on the DL the first time. After coming back on June 6th from a wrist impingement, Maybin bat .278 with 4 RBI and a homerun, improving his batting average to .157 over his first 14 games of the season. Maybin was placed on the 15-Day DL on June 12th after straining his left knee during the team’s series in Colorado.

Maybin will play a handful of games and then be reevaluated before returning to the big league club in San Diego.

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!