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Cubs SP Jose Quintana cuts left thumb washing dishes, requires surgery

Cubs starter Jose Quintana could miss upwards of 20 percent of the shortened season depending on how long he has to go on the injured list.

Jose Quintana of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana cut his left thumb on Saturday while washing dishes, and had to get surgery that will cost him two weeks of throwing time.

The team announced the news on Thursday, stating Quintana suffered a laceration that required five stitches. He underwent microscopic surgery on the thumb to determine the extent of the injury, and it was determined to be a lacerated digital sensory nerve.

Quintana is expected to return to his throwing program in approximately two weeks. The team will then be able to determine the length of his potential absence.

The 2020 season is slated to start in three weeks, which means he is likely going to have to open the season on the 10-day injured list. Given this season is only 60 games, this likely means he would miss at least 10 percent of the season, and potentially as much as 20 percent if it takes more than ten days for him to get back on track.