The Cubs have yet to name their starting pitcher for Tuesday at Detroit, but two injured starters continue to progress.
Left-hander José Quintana threw a two-inning, 28-pitch simulated game on Friday. It went well, according to Cubs manager David Ross. Including warmups, Quintana threw 43 pitches.
Quintana, who had microscopic surgery to repair a lacerated nerve in his thumb in early July, had been steadily increasing his work load over the past three weeks. He’d built up to four innings in his last sim game.
"I really felt like the last outing on Sunday he was able to focus more on execution of his pitches and sequencing and the timing of his delivery," Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said, "and a lot less about how his hand feels.”
Ramping up again on Friday may have eliminated Quintana, who the Cubs haven’t wanted to rush back, as an option to start four days later. Instead, the Cubs lightened Quintana’s workload Friday.
“We’ll wait and get feedback before I put anything out there on when he’s coming back and what the plan is,” said Ross, adding that he plans to talk to Quintana in person on Saturday.
Right-hander Tyler Chatwood (mid-back strain) is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list early next week. He was scheduled to throw long toss on Friday, plus a couple pitches off the mound, according to Ross. Barring any setbacks, Chatwood is penciled in to throw a bullpen session Saturday.