Cubs' Quintana inches closer to return

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Jose Quintana threw in South Bend again on Sunday and should be getting close to a major-league return. The left-hander had surgery to repair a sliced thumb in early July.

    Jose Quintana threw in South Bend again on Sunday and should be getting close to a major-league return. The left-hander had surgery to repair a sliced thumb in early July. AP File Photo

 
 
Updated 8/17/2020 9:13 PM

The Cubs should have another starting pitcher available soon. Jose Quintana's recovery from thumb surgery continues to go well in South Bend. He threw again Sunday.

"All reports were good, I talked to him this morning, said he felt great," Cubs manager David Ross said. "Threw 61 pitches, all things seem well and good. He's got a sim game coming up, I think we'll push him back one day for that."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Quintana sliced his left thumb in a kitchen accident just before the start of summer training. The injury required microsurgery, but all the nerves in his throwing hand appear to be intact.

Ross was asked if there is definitely one more simulated game in Quintana's future before he returns to the majors.

"I don't like to use definites in this job because things change daily, but if you want to use that word, feel free," Ross said.

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