The Chicago Cubs could be in for some much-needed assistance next week, as Jose Quintana is almost ready to make his 2020 season debut
It looks as though the Chicago Cubs are about to get a big boost to their starting rotation, in the form of Jose Quintana. But they will have to wait just a few more days before he’s ready to go.
After having thumb surgery in early July, Quintana hasn’t been able to pitch in this altered 2020 season. While it was initially thought that he would be set for a return this weekend, Cubs manager David Ross confirmed that he will pitch in a simulated game instead.
The Cubs have had a pretty solid start to the season, with their starting rotation coming out strong. But double-headers and then an injury to Tyler Chatwood has taken its toll on the team.
Jose Quintana coming back at ideal time for Cubs
Getting Quintana back would be a much-needed boost to a team that has had a rough stretch since Friday of last week. They suffered their first series loss of the season, when the Brewers took the weekend set. After splitting Monday’s double-header with the Cardinals, we’ll see how much effect it has on their momentum.
Quintana had a bit of a freak accident at home, which caused the injury. He was washing dishes, when he cut his thumb on broken glass. Tests revealed sensory nerve damage, which required the July surgery. The team was hoping to have him back in the rotation for their upcoming series against the cross-town rival White Sox. If his next simulated start goes well, then he could be a late addition to that series.
Quintana finished the 2019 campaign with a 13-9 record and a 4.38 ERA. He struck out 152 batters along the way. While the rest of the rotation has had their positives, having his arm back in the mix would be a tremendous upside. We’ll just have to wait and see how the next few days go for him.