Marcus Stroman in IL, Wade Miley leaves the start
NEW YORK — The health of the Chicago Cubs rotation is quickly becoming a concern.
The Cubs placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, retroactive to Tuesday, with right shoulder inflammation. Stroman hasn’t felt well since returning from COVID IL on May 19, according to manager David Ross.
“The hope right now is that we can get him back as soon as possible,” Ross said. “When you have bumps and bruises, you’re not 100%. It affects everyone’s performance.
It’s also unclear when right-hander Kyle Hendricks will make his next start. Hendricks “takes care of some things,” Ross said Friday, which is why the Cubs gave him extra rest. Hendricks, who kicked off a bullpen Friday, hasn’t started since June 1.
“He will be launching in the near future,” Ross said. “If Kyle had nothing to do, he would pitch.”
The Cubs received another potential hit Friday night. Hours after being activated from the IL, southpaw Wade Miley left Friday’s 2-1 13-inning loss with left shoulder pain. Miley felt something in her shoulder on a pitch from Josh Donaldson in the third. He managed to complete all eight pitches at bat despite feeling pain lingering over the last four or five pitches, forcing Donaldson to line up on center field to end the inning.
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The discomfort disappeared between the sleeves. But Miley threw a warm-up pitch before the fourth and knew her shoulder still wasn’t straight. Ross and a trainer rushed to check on him, and Miley came out. Left-hander Daniel Norris had already warmed up and was called in relief, giving up a home run on his first pitch. Miley pitched three scoreless innings against the Yankees, walking one and striking out two batters.
Left shoulder pain is a discouraging development for Miley after spending 15 days at IL with a pulled left shoulder. He described it as the same feeling that put him on IL. He felt good throwing what he described as “aggressive” bullpen runs over the past two weeks.
Miley’s shoulder will be checked Monday when the Cubs return to Chicago. He wouldn’t predict if he would need another trip to IL, noting that the last time he thought he didn’t need a stint at IL happened. turned out to be incorrect.
“It’s the same thing I followed IL for, which I wasn’t worried about at all — maybe I just didn’t give it enough time,” Miley said. “But it’s on me. I pushed myself away, but I feel fine.
“It’s just very frustrating.”
The Cubs have yet to announce who will start Sunday’s series finale at Yankee Stadium.
“There’s no secret formula that I have,” Ross said. “I want those guys over there for sure.”