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Wade Miley has injured groin, Anthony DeSclafani to start for Reds Saturday

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The injuries to the pitching staff continue to mount.

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Wade Miley was hit hard in his Cincinnati Reds debut, allowing 5 ER in just 1.2 IP in the series opener against the Chicago Cubs. A quick check of his FanGraphs page reveals he averaged just 88.6 mph on his fastball, and while velocity has never been his calling card, that’s down significantly from the 90.5 mph he averaged just last year.

Perhaps there was a reason behind that. As The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans relayed this afternoon, Miley is dealing with a groin injury, and won’t make his scheduled start on Saturday. Instead, Anthony DeSclafani is slated to return, with Tyler Mahle staying in the rotation for now.

Rosecrans added that Miley will likely hit the IL tomorrow, hopefully with no more than this start being missed. That said, having Disco healthy and ready to slot right in is very convenient timing, and just serves to highlight the talent and depth the Reds have cobbled together in their rotation.

There have been an alarming number of pitching injuries already this season, with the likes of Justin Verlander, Marcus Stroman, and Miles Mikolas going down in-season. For the Reds, Disco’s injury was the first of note, but while he’s apparently over that for now, reliever Robert Stephenson has since hit the IL, too. Whether or not that can be directly tied to baseball’s rapid return, or not, we’ll likely never be able to pinpoint, but it certainly is taking a number of top arms out of service this year, on top of losing Chris Sale and Noah Syndergaard, among others, before the pandemic even hit.

Hopefully, the Reds get the Miley they hoped they’d signed over the winter back soon, as when right he’s a balancing force from the left side.