Wade Miley Finally Set to Return to the Big League Cubs This Week

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Wade Miley Finally Set to Return to the Big League Cubs This Week

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After another nearly three months of absence, Wade Miley is finally returning to the Chicago Cubs rotation.

Following tomorrow’s atypical Monday off-day for the Cubs, Miley will make the start on Tuesday against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Miley, 35, was a waiver claim for the Cubs after last season ended (basically they were happy to grab his $10 million option), but has dealt with elbow and shoulder issues ever since Spring Training.

There is no longer any trade-related or playoff-related reason to be eager for Miley to return, but that isn’t to say there is no reason for him to come back. For one, Miley himself will want a chance to show he can still pitch before the offseason arrives. For another, the Cubs will be happy to give him that chance – when you can do right by a player and it doesn’t conflict with winning, it’s a good idea to do it. Be a player-first organization. And for still another thing, the Cubs have innings to eat right now that they don’t necessarily want to have to foist upon fringy or unready pitchers.

Plus, as we’ve discussed, winning games is not a bad thing for the Cubs right now, and perhaps Miley – who is beloved in the clubhouse – can help keep up some positive energy heading into an important offseason. Miley has a 2.84 ERA on the season, albeit over just four starts and 19.0 innings.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.