Chicago Cubs put Wade Miley on the injured list with a left shoulder strain after just 3 starts

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Wade Miley’s return from the injured list was short-lived.

The veteran left-hander landed on the 15-day IL on Sunday with a left shoulder strain. The move comes after just three starts for the Chicago Cubs after he was sidelined for all of spring training with left elbow inflammation. Miley, 35, made one rehab start before his Cubs debut May 10.

To replace him, the Cubs recalled right-hander Mark Leiter Jr.

Miley expressed optimism to the Tribune on Saturday when discussing his shoulder discomfort. He felt something during his last start May 22 but was able to pitch through it. Ultimately, the Cubs opted to let Miley fully heal on the IL rather than risk it lingering.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” manager David Ross said of Miley’s injury. “He’ll be back soon. I’m not too worried.”

Leiter can give the Cubs innings, which the pitching staff will need with two doubleheaders this week and no days off.

Right-handed reliever Chris Martin went on the bereavement list before Sunday’s game, and Triple-A outfield prospect Nelson Velázquez shared on Instagram that he received his first big-league call-up, which should become official Monday. The Cubs will need a 27th man for the doubleheader in addition to Martin’s replacement.

“You have to take each game individually and give yourself a chance to win that game,” Ross said. “And if it doesn’t look like that’s a possibility, you try to mentally also have tomorrow in mind with all of the innings we could have coming up.”

Right fielder Seiya Suzuki did not start Sunday because of his sprained left ring finger. He played catch pregame and was expected to hit in the cage to test the finger. Ross said Suzuki would be available to pinch hit if he came out of pregame activities feeling OK.