Cubs' Jose Quintana undergoes thumb surgery, likely to miss start of season

Tim Stebbins
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Cubs starter Jose Quintana will likely start the season on the injured list and his status is in doubt after suffering a thumb injury at home.

The Cubs announced Thursday Quintana suffered a laceration on his left thumb last Saturday while washing dishes at home in Miami. It required five stitches, and the 31-year-old underwent microscopic surgery on Thursday morning in Chicago.

The procedure identified a lacerated digital sensory nerve, which was surgically repaired.

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Quintana is expected to resume his throwing program in about two weeks, the Cubs said, and a further determination will be made for his expected time on the shelf. 

Based on Opening Day being July 23 or 24, Quintana will likely miss at least the early stages of the abbreviated 60-game 2020 season. Cubs president Theo Epstein told reporters Thursday "there's some uncertainty" regarding Quintana's timetable.

"There's a best case scenario in which it heals quickly and his thumb feels good and he can resume a pretty rapid ramp up from that point," Epstein said. "But there's certainly another scenario in which the nerve takes longer to heal and he's gonna be significantly delayed.

"We really can't forecast it; we just have to wait and see and hope for the best when he's able to start throwing in a couple of weeks."

Assuming Quintana misses extensive time, options to replace him in the rotation include Alec Mills, Jharel Cotton, Colin Rea and Adbert Alzolay.

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