(670 The Score) Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana will be activated off the injured list and pitch out of the team's bullpen, manager David Ross said Monday.
Quintana, 31, has been sidelined since suffering a left thumb laceration in late June while washing dishes. He underwent surgery in early July to repair the cut and has been on the injured list all season. Quintana was 13-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 starts in 2019.
"I feel ready to do my job," Quintana said. "Whatever role it is, I'm happy to be there.
"It's awesome to be back and be around my teammates."
Quintana has pitched in relief just four times in his career, including once in 2019. He also worked in relief in three games with the White Sox in 2012.
Quintana will remain an option for the Cubs' starting rotation down the line, Ross said. He could potentially be called upon to start when Chicago plays a doubleheader at Cincinnati on Saturday.
The Cubs could utilize Quintana out of the bullpen Tuesday, when right-hander Tyler Chatwood is scheduled to make his first start since landing on the injured list on Aug. 13 with a mild back strain. Chatwood presumably won't be ready to pitch deep into the ballgame, which would set up Quintana in relief.
"I can't wait for (Tuesday) to show what I have," Quintana said.
In other roster news, Cubs outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is expected to report to the team's alternate camp site Tuesday, Ross said. Souza, 31, was placed on the injured list last Tuesday with a right hamstring strain.
The Cubs open a three-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park on Monday. First pitch for the series opener comes at 6:10 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on 670 The Score.
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