By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
He was injured at his residence in Miami, Florida. The cut that he sustained needed at least five stitches.
“This morning in Chicago, Quintana underwent microscopic surgery on his left thumb to further determine the extent of his injury,” the team said in a statement Thursday. “The procedure identified a lacerated digital sensory nerve in his left thumb, which was surgically repaired.
“Quintana is expected to resume his throwing program in approximately two weeks, after which time a further determination will be made on expected length of absence.”
The Cubs are expected to begin working out on Friday to prepare for the upcoming season. The MLB teams are preparing for their coronavirus 60-game MLB seasons that will begin on July 23rd with the New York Yankees facing the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants facing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Once Quintana is able to return to his teammates, he is expected to be apart of a rotation that features Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish, and Alec Mills. Adbert Alzolay and Colin Rea are also reportedly in the mix to get a starting job.
“This injury certainly challenges our depth in an area where we had some concerns already about our depth,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters. “So it’s going to be important for certain players to step up and make the most of this opportunity.
“Clearly, somebody like Alec Mills is well positioned to capitalize on this opportunity and establish himself as a starting pitcher in this league.”
Quintana went 13-9 in 32 games, including 31 starts in 2019. He had a 4.68 ERA, while giving up 191 hits and 100 runs (89 earned runs), including 20 home runs, in 171 innings.
He also struck out 152 batters and walked 46. He has had 150+ strikeouts for the past two seasons. In 2018, he had 158 strikeouts.
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