Cubs' Jose Quintana Undergoes Thumb Surgery

Quintana had surgery after cutting his left thumb while washing dishes.

670 The Score Staff
July 02, 2020 - 11:45 am

(670 The Score) Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana underwent microscopic surgery on his left thumb Thursday morning after suffering a laceration on it while washing dishes at his home in Miami last Saturday, the team announced.

The procedure identified a lacerated digital sensory nerve in Quintana's left thumb, the Cubs said. That was surgically repaired. Quintana initially had five stitches to address the cut.

Quintana is expected to resume throwing in two weeks, after which further information will be known about the length of his absence. The MLB regular season opens July 23.

Quintana, 31, was 13-9 with a 4.68 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 32 appearances in 2019. He was projected to be the No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the Cubs' rotation prior to the injury.

With Quintana sidelined for at least a couple weeks, the focus will turn to right-hander Alec Mills and right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who were two candidates in the competition for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Right-hander Adbert Alzolay, who has made four MLB appearances, could also factor into the mix more heavily now.