Jason Kubel On Paternity-Leave List

Miami, FL, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Jason Kubel connects for a base hit against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The D'backs outfielder will miss a few games to be with his wife and new baby.

Major League Baseball has instituted a paternity leave list for players who wish to attend the birth of their child; this way, the team doesn't have to play shorthanded while the player is away.

Jason Kubel of the Diamondbacks and his wife are welcoming a daughter, so he'll be on the list:

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have placed outfielder Jason Kubel on the Paternity List and recalled outfielder A.J. Pollock from Triple-A Reno, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.

Kubel, 30, returned to Phoenix this morning for the birth of his second child, Heidi Evelyn, at 11:56 a.m. By rule, he will miss a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 3.

Kubel, signed by Arizona as a free agent before this season, is hitting well: .297/.385/.461 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games. Pollock, the Diamondbacks' No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, is hitting .354 in Triple-A, and was 11-for-48 in one previous stint with the D'backs earlier this season.

Congratulations to the Kubel family on their new arrival.

For more on the Diamondbacks, please visit AZ Snakepit and SB Nation Arizona.

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