The Chicago Cubs were dealt a bit of bad news on Thursday after learning that they will be without left-handed starting pitcher Jose Quintana at the beginning of the season after a freak injury.
Quintana, the Colombia native and veteran hurler, was forced to undergo surgery this week after suffered a severe cut on his left thumb while washing dishes at his Miami home.
Five stitches were needed to suture up his wound, and a nerve in his thumb was also repaired during the procedure.
Unfortunately, the injury took place on his throwing hand, which means that he will be forced to take a two-week break from throwing and will not be able to start getting ready for the late July start to the season until nearly Opening Day.
This puts Quintana, who posted a 13-9 record with a 4.68 ERA last season, on track not to rejoin the team’s rotation until some point in August, assuming his injury heals well and that he doesn’t experience any setbacks.
2020 is the final year of the 7-year, $48.5 million contract that he signed while playing for the Chicago White Sox back in 2014. He is set to become a free agent after this season.