The Cubs plan to activate left-handed pitcher José Quintana off the injured list to start Tuesday at Pittsburgh, manager David Ross announced Monday.
“My arm, my body’s really good right now, and I’m really excited to be back tomorrow,” Quintana said. “I can’t wait to be a starter for the first time in 2020.”
Quintana has been on the 10-day injured list with left lat inflammation for three weeks, his second injury in a short season. Ross didn’t specify a pitch limit for Quintana’s start Tuesday.
"Obviously I'm not going to overextend him,” Ross said, “but I want to give him a little bit of a leash and communicate with him in-game, see how he feels."
Quintana missed the first month of the season after slicing his left thumb in a dish-washing accident just a week before summer camp began.
He returned for two relief appearances last month, each for three innings, before heading to the IL again. Just before landing on the injured list, Quintana held the Reds to two hits and one run in a 10-1 Cubs victory.
As he progressed through his throwing program this week, Quintana threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Saturday.
“He’s been getting stretched out as much as we possibly could,” Ross said. “He’s been working that way to becoming a starter, so I’ll keep an eye on him.”
The way the Cubs rotation shakes out, Quintana could make two starts before the postseason, the second against the White Sox this coming weekend.
Asked if Quintana could factor into the Cubs’ playoff rotation, Ross said, “I’ve got to see him pitch first. ... We’ll get him out there tomorrow and see how far he’s able to get us.”