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José Quintana undergoes surgery for thumb laceration

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The Cubs announced on Thursday that starter José Quintana required microscopic surgery to repair a lacerated digital sensory nerve in his left thumb. He suffered the injury last Saturday washing dishes at his home in Miami. Quintana will resume his throwing program in two weeks.

Quintana, 31, will likely miss the beginning of the regular season. Last year, he posted a lacklsuter 4.68 ERA for the Cubs with 152 strikeouts and 46 walks across 171 innings. He is in the last year of his contract and can become a free agent after the season.

Quintana’s absence likely solidifies Tyler Chatwood‘s place in the Cubs’ rotation and makes Alec Mills the favorite for the No. 5 spot.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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