Cubs have no timetable yet for Quintana's return

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Cubs manager David Ross isn't sure what the timetable is for pitcher Jose Quintana's return. The lefthander went on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left lat inflammation.

    Cubs manager David Ross isn't sure what the timetable is for pitcher Jose Quintana's return. The lefthander went on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left lat inflammation. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 9/3/2020 7:48 PM

Cubs manager David Ross said Thursday there's no timetable for how long pitcher Jose Quintana could be sidelined. The lefthander went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Aug. 31 with left lat inflammation.

"I think how hard he had to work in his last inning in Cincinnati (Sunday) is when I kind of found out about it," Ross said. "Just thought it was normal tightness and soreness. He threw his pen (Wednesday) and it just didn't go away. He's still dealing with a little bit of that.

 

"Out of caution, making sure everything's fine there is important. (His return) is going to be a lot about how he feels."

Quintana missed the first half of the shortened season recovering from microsurgery to repair a lacerated left thumb. He made two appearances out of the bullpen and figured to return to the starting rotation Saturday against St. Louis.

The Cubs haven't announced starters for Saturday's doubleheader, but Ross confirmed it's a good assumption to say Adbert Alzolay will be one of them. Colin Rea is probably the most likely candidate to start the other.

Meanwhile, the Cubs returned outfielder Ian Miller and catcher Josh Phegley to South Bend after both players cleared waivers. The Cubs released pitchers Cody Allen and A.J. Ramos, a couple of former closers trying to come back from injuries.

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