Jose Quintana Takes First Step In Injury Comeback

(670 The Score) The Cubs will start the 60-game season with left-hander Jose Quintana on the injured list, as he has been unable to compete since slicing open his left thumb while doing dishes at home on June 27.

Quintana then underwent surgery on July 2. For the first time since the accident, Quintana on Thursday played catch and got an idea on how his grip is doing as he looks to get back to normal.

"The first thing for us is to try and get him healthy," manager David Ross said. "He just got his stitches out yesterday and played catch today. It was all smiles from him, which was nice to see." 

As of now, it remains difficult for the Cubs to predict when Quintana may be available to return.

"We will listen to the trainers and consult with the doctors," Ross said. "He felt fine today throwing at 60 feet. There is still a pretty big scar on (his thumb). He said the feeling was good. He could press the ball in that area. I don't want to comment too much on medical stuff. This was a serious injury, so I will let our medical staff treat him and get him back. Sounds like the surgery went well. Today was a nice positive, but one thing I know from my time in baseball -- a lot of twists and turns, so it's wait and see for me."

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.

"I don't want to put any more pressure on him by making a public statement of what I am expecting from him," Ross said. "I want him to go do his rehab. He is all smiles and good energy around here. We will continue to monitor his as his moves forward. I will update if we get any good news."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.