Jose Quintana will be in a Cubs uniform in just a few hours from this writing.
How weird does that look?
The Cubs will slot their shiny new toy in Sunday's outing against the Baltimore Orioles in that series finale. It's the third game of the second half and the day Quintana was originally supposed to pitch with the White Sox.
Here is the Cubs' complete rotation coming out of the All-Star Break:
Friday vs. BAL: Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75 ERA)
Saturday vs. BAL: Jake Arrieta (8-7, 4.35 ERA)
Sunday vs. BAL: Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.49 ERA)
Monday vs. ATL: Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25 ERA)
Tuesday vs. ATL: John Lackey (5-9, 5.20 ERA)
Lackey was placed on the disabled list last week with a foot issue, but given he wasn't going to pitch for a period of 10 days anyways with the break mixed in, the move understandably flew under the radar. Kyle Hendricks is on the mend too and could very well get back on the mound the second time through the order coming out of the break.
Based on that order, Quintana is in line to start Saturday, July 22 against the St. Louis Cardinals for his Wrigley Field Cubs debut. After that, Quintana's third start is on pace to come in the final Crosstown Game of the series — Thursday, July 27 on the South Side.
That should be interesting...