Chatwood gets another chance, will start for Cubs on Sunday

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Despite a rough outing on Tuesday, Tyler Chatwood was named Sunday's starting pitcher for the series finale in Cincinnati, which means Jose Quintana's return to the starting rotation is on hold.

    Despite a rough outing on Tuesday, Tyler Chatwood was named Sunday's starting pitcher for the series finale in Cincinnati, which means Jose Quintana's return to the starting rotation is on hold. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/29/2020 8:32 PM

Sunday's series finale in Cincinnati could have been a return to the starting rotation for Jose Quintana, but manager David Ross decided to stick with Tyler Chatwood.

Chatwood came off the injured list Tuesday in Detroit and lasted less than 2 innings. In his last start before being sidelined by a sore back, he gave up 8 runs in less than 3 innings at Kansas City on Aug. 6. His first two starts of the summer were outstanding, with a combined 1 run and 19 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

 

"Chatwood will start Sunday," Ross said before Saturday's doubleheader. "I'll let you know on Q. Tyler's thrown the ball well. A bad outing is no concern to just take him out of the rotation. I think he's coming back and trying to find his sharpness. We need Chatty to be good. There's not a whole lot of thought other than that and we'll continue to assess as we go along."

Quintana made his 2020 debut later in Tuesday's loss at Detroit. He began with 3 scoreless inning, then was tagged for 3 runs in the next inning before checking out. After the game, Quintana said he wants to be a starter again, but will accept whatever role he's asked to play.

The Cubs added pitcher Adbert Alzolay as their extra player Saturday. One of the new rules for the shortened season is teams can add a 29th player to their roster on doubleheader days.

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