Reds place free-agent signing Wade Miley on IL after one start

Reds' Wade Miley during start against Cubs
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (22) heads for the dugout after pitching just two outs into the second inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Monday, July 27, 2020. The Cubs held a 7-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Mlb Chicago Cubs At Cincinnati Reds

Something seemed to be off when new Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley took to the bump against the division-rival Chicago Cubs earlier this week. The veteran yielded six runs (five earned) in just 1.2 innings of work.

We now know something was indeed off.

Reds place Wade Miley on injured list

According to this report, Miley is dealing with a groin strain that could sideline him for some time.

With the expectation of contending in the NL Central in 2020, Cincinnati general manager Nick Krall sought to upgrade the team’s rotation.

That included signing Miley to a two-year, $15 million contract during the winter. The veteran was coming off a 2019 campaign with the Houston Astros that saw him pitch to a 14-6 record with a solid 3.98 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 33 starts.

In Miley’s stead, Anthony DeSclafani will now be in the Reds’ rotation. He posted a 9-9 record with a 3.99 ERA in 31 starts for Cincinnati last season.

The Reds head into Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs sporting a 2-4 record.