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Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos, center, scores a run ahead of the tag by St. Louis Cardinals' Jake Woodford, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Saturday, April 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

With Jake Woodford already announced as the starting pitcher in Monday night's game against the Chicago Cubs, it came as no surprise when the St. Louis Cardinals announced Monday afternoon that the right-hander had been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals optioned rookie outfielder Lars Nootbaar to Memphis.

Woodford will make his second major league start, and his first since his MLB debut in August 2020, against the Cubs' Alec Mills. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Bally Sports Midwest.

Woodford went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 17 relief appearances spanning 25.1 innings in two previous stints with the Cards this season. The 24-year-old was sent to Memphis to stretch out June 28. He made three starts for the Redbirds, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings.

Injuries gave Nootbaar an opportunity to start a few games when he was summoned to the majors for the first time June 22, but he soon was sent back to Memphis before making a return trip to St. Louis that netted little game time. He is 4 for 26 with St. Louis.