Friday, May 27, 2022

Wade Miley will make his Chicago Cubs debut tonight, coming off the injured list to add stability to the rotation

A rehab start served as a substantial buildup for Chicago Cubs left-hander Wade Miley.

Miley will activate from the injured list on Tuesday to start against the San Diego Padres. The Cubs are still determining who will start Wednesday’s series finale.

A left elbow swelling sidelined Miley shortly after she reported spring training in mid-March. He was expected to be a steady presence in the rotation after the Cubs claimed a waiver from the Cincinnati Reds in November.

While the Cubs offense had scrambled in the last 17 games before Monday’s 6-0 win over the Padres — .204 and averaged 3.2 runs in that period, including a 21-run game against the Pittsburgh Pirates — the rotation hasn’t happened yet. Have hit your feet. The Cubs need Miley to help them achieve rotation in a groove by consistently introducing some quality.

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“We’ve had to throw some bullpen days out there because of some adversity,” said David Ross, manager at Petco Park on Monday. “Just a more experienced presence you can walk out there and trust to go out and do your job.”

After Sunday, the rotation was seen in rough shape. Right-hander Marcus Strowman moved up the injured list before losing 7-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers without a margin of injury, indicating a COVID-19-related move.

Then left-hander Justin Steele, who was originally scheduled to start on Monday and collide by Sunday, was ruled out of the game while warming up for the fifth inning due to a left thumb.

Steele played the catch on Monday and told the Tribune that his thumb was fine and there was no problem. Although there is a slight stiffness around his lower knuckles, Steele was able to use his slider grip on Monday, which prompted his removal on Sunday. He looks forward to making his next debut.

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Right-handed player Alec Mills’ progress hasn’t changed much. He had a good light bullpen session at Team Complex in Arizona on Sunday, but it is unclear when he will resume his rehab work. Mills initially went on the IL with a lower back strain and began a rehab on April 23, but he experienced tightness in his right quadriceps and was discontinued about two weeks ago.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons had a scheduled day on Monday as part of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa and will ramp up this week.

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