Why Quintana could run out of time to make return


Three days after going on the injured list with a lat injury, Cubs starter José Quintana continues to experience soreness. And with only three weeks left in the season, it raises questions whether he has enough time to return to the mound before the end of the regular season.

Quintana has yet to resume throwing since landing on the injured list Wednesday with left lat inflammation as he continues getting treatment, said manager David Ross, “but it seems to be cleaning up and getting better every single day.”

The Cubs plan to wait until the soreness has completely subsided before Quintana resumes a throwing program. 

“So if he feels good today, he’ll have another down day and then start his throwing program back [Sunday],” Ross said.

Quintana, who missed two months due to a thumb injury, has only pitched twice this season, just three innings each time. After Saturday's doubleheader with St. Louis, the Cubs have 20 games left in the season, which ends Sept. 27.

Quintana hit the 10-day IL a day after Tyler Chatwood (right forearm strain), leaving the Cubs thin on rotation depth. As a result, Adbert Alzolay is starting Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader with St. Louis, and Game 2 will be a ‘bullpen game.’

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