St. Louis Cardinals place slugger Nolan Arenado on paternity leave, add rookie Juan Yepez

The St. Louis Cardinals have placed star third baseman Nolan Arenado on the paternity list to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

The Cardinals also recalled rookie infielder/outfielder Juan Yepez from Triple-A Memphis on Friday. They also welcomed the return of reliever Ryan Helsley from a week on paternity leave, including a stint on the restricted list after he extended his absence because his child needed some extra tests.

Brendan Donovan started at third for Arenado in the Cardinals' series home opener against Atlanta.

Arenado is hitting .300 with 26 homers and 82 RBIs in 116 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.