The Cubs are placing southpaw Jose Quintana on the 10-day injured with left lat inflammation, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. They recalled righty Jason Adam to take Quintana’s place on their roster, per Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic.
This continues a year to forget for Quintana, who had to undergo left thumb surgery at the beginning of July and was unable to debut until Aug. 25. Quintana has since thrown six innings of four-run ball with nine strikeouts and two walks over a pair of relief appearances. He’ll now rejoin righty Tyler Chatwood as Cubs starting options on the injured list. The NL Central leaders still have Cy Young contender Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Alec Mills around to fill rotation spots, but there’s nobody with a track record rivaling Quintana’s to take his position, and the Cubs can’t look for established outside help now that the trade deadline has passed. For now, it seems the Cubs will turn to righty Adbert Alzolay, who has three MLB starts on his resume.
Quintana is only several weeks from reaching the free-agent market, so it’s far from ideal that he’ll shop his services around the majors off an injury-ruined season. The 31-year-old, previously with the White Sox, has typically been quite durable since his career began in 2012. In fact, from 2013-19, he made 30-plus starts every season and logged 171-plus innings in each of those campaigns.