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Cubs to activate LHP Quintana with eye toward playoffs

Field Level Media
22 Sep 2020, 10:40 GMT+10

The Chicago Cubs will give left-hander Jose Quintana a second chance to jump-start his season when they activate him from the injured list Tuesday to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Manager David Ross announced the plan Monday.

Quintana is returning from a lat injury. Combined with a finger injury that occurred while washing dishes when MLB was on break because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has pitched just six innings this season.

While Ross planned to use Quintana out of the bullpen when he returned from the finger injury, he will try a starting role this time. Ross indicated that his performance Tuesday, and possibly another Sunday, would determine a potential role on a postseason roster.

The Cubs are looking for somebody to step up and slot in behind Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks for the playoffs.

"We're going to go with the best pitchers for the postseason," Ross said. "... I'd like to see (Quintana) pitch in a real game."

The 31-year old is 33-23 with a 4.26 ERA over four seasons with the Cubs. In six seasons with the crosstown White Sox, he was 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA. The White Sox traded him to the Cubs in 2017 for a return package that included pitcher Dylan Cease and outfielder Eloy Jimenez.

--Field Level Media

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