Quintana (lat) will throw a simulated game Saturday and could return to game action soon, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Quintana threw bullpen sessions Monday and Wednesday, and Saturday's simulated game could be one of his final hurdles prior to returning to the active roster. Manager David Ross said Friday that Quintana is "extremely close" to rejoining the team. The southpaw will likely work out of the bullpen upon his return.
Quintana (lat) threw a bullpen session Monday and will throw another one Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Assuming Quintana's inflamed left lat continues responding well, he's expected to participate in a simulated game later in the week. He won't have time to build up to a starter's workload by the end of the year but has a chance to be activated in a bullpen role.
Cubs manager David Ross said that Quintana (lat) could begin a throwing program as soon as Tuesday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Since being shut down last week with inflammation in his left lat muscle, Quintana has apparently responded well to treatment. After getting another day of rest Monday, Quintana will be re-evaluated Tuesday, at which point the Cubs could clear him to start playing catch again. With another injured starter in Tyler Chatwood (forearm) on track to begin a throwing program Monday, Quintana may have to settle for a bullpen role once he's reinstated from the IL for a second time this season.
Quintana was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with left lat inflammation, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Quintana presumably suffered the injury during Sunday's contest, as he pitched three innings of one-run relief after Tyler Chatwood (forearm) left with an injury. The severity of the injury remains unclear, but it's poor timing for the Cubs given Chatwood's injury and the upcoming doubleheader this weekend. Adbert Alzolay is a likely candidate to enter the rotation in the meantime.
Quintana pitched three innings of one-run ball in relief in Sunday's 10-1 win against the Reds. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six. Quintana has now pitched exactly three innings in each of his two relief appearances this season, and he looked sharper Sunday, particularly with the six strikeouts. The lefty should reenter the rotation at some point, and that could happen Saturday when the Cubs play a doubleheader against the Cardinals. He could have an extended leash as a stater, particularly if the elbow injury Tyler Chatwood sustained while starting Sunday's game results in him getting shut down.