The Chicago Cubs entered the 2022 season with plenty of pitchers on the injured list. On Tuesday, Cubs fans got to see Wade Miley make his first start. The Cubs acquired Miley last November after he was waived by the Cincinnati Reds and he was coming off a 2021 season that was one of the strongest seasons of the 35-year-old’s career.
Miley began the season on the 10-day IL with elbow inflammation. In his first appearance back on the mound, Miley recorded 3 IP and 3 ER against the San Diego Padres. Miley’s downfall in his return was the free passes. He gave up five walks while only recording a single strikeout.
Three pitches and Wade Miley records his first strikeout of the season! pic.twitter.com/5xn1nrRaRH
— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) May 11, 2022
Miley definitely left fans wanting more, but many will be encouraged just to see a key pitcher return from the IL. David Robertson and Marcus Stroman were recently added to the extensive list of injured Cubs pitchers. That list already includes Alec Mills, Adbert Alzolay, Codi Heuer, and others.
Despite a tremendous comeback effort in the 9th inning, the Cubs came up short in Miley’s first start. Frank Schwindel, who recently had a very brief demotion to Iowa, came inches from putting the Cubs back on top in the ninth.
Oh man….. Everyone thought that was GONE pic.twitter.com/fAmJDyOM91
— Barstool Baseball (@StoolBaseball) May 11, 2022
The Cubs will try to pin down an elusive series win on Wednesday against the Padres. Miley is likely to make his home debut for the Cubs next week against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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