Cubs starters Tyler Chatwood and José Quintana both are taking steps forward this week as they look to return from the injured list.
Chatwood began his throwing program on Monday, manager David Ross said. The right-hander has been sidelined since leaving his start on Aug. 30 with a right forearm strain.
Chatwood hit the IL on Sept. 1, and Quintana followed on Sept. 2 with left lat inflammation. The lefty underwent treatment on Sunday and could begin throwing on Tuesday.
“All the treatment was good,” Ross said of Quintana. “They’re going to give him a down day today and if everything goes good, he’s expected to throw tomorrow.”
Ross said Sunday that Quintana was feeling “a lot cleaner” and the Cubs wanted to make sure all of the soreness in his lat was gone before he began throwing.
With Chatwood and Quintana on the mend, rookie Adbert Alzolay will get at least one more start — Thursday against the Reds.
Chatwood also missed time in August with a mid-back strain and made two starts after returning. He labored on Aug. 25 against Detroit, pitching 1 1/3 innings, and exited that Aug. 30 start in Cincinnati after 2 1/3 shutout innings.
Quintana, who missed the beginning of the season with a thumb injury, has made two appearances this season — each three innings out of the bullpen. After Chatwood exited on Aug. 31, he struck out six batters and allowed two hits, one being a solo home run.