At what first seemed like a move to make up for a roster depletion because of a trade, it turns out Rangers rookie J.T. Miller was recalled Wednesday hours after being sent down to the minors because his left wrist is still bothering him, The Post has learned.

Miller took the morning skate Wednesday before the Rangers beat the Penguins, 6-1 at the Garden, and in the early afternoon was sent to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale along with fellow rookie forward Chris Kreider. When the team traded star winger Marian Gaborik just before the 3 p.m. trade deadline, Miller was recalled, and Kreider went to Hartford.

Originally, it seemed as a precaution just in case Derick Brassard, a center who came from Columbus in the Gaborik deal, couldn’t make it to New York in time. But it was really because the team wanted Miller to receive treatment on the wrist here rather than in Hartford. It was believed he couldn’t have played if they wanted him to.

Miller, 20, originally hurt the wrist in a game in Newark on March 19, but played two nights later against the Panthers before having to sit one game out, March 24 against the Capitals. He returned for the next game, and played four straight before last night.