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.
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.