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Wednesday, May 18, 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.

“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.

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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