Jose Quintana Says the Location of His Injury Does Not Impact His Grip

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Jose Quintana Says the Location of His Injury Does Not Impact His Grip

Chicago Cubs

Maybe I was one of only a few people worrying about this specific issue, but even if it’s just me, I’m glad to see it answered.

Jose Quintana spoke to the media today for the first time since cutting his thumb just before arriving at Cubs Summer Camp. That injury required surgery, and has him likely to miss upwards of the first half of the shortened season. Some of his comments, including my relief that his grip has not been impacted:

None of this is to say that Quintana is guaranteed contributor for the Cubs this year and the only question is timing. There are definitely still going to be questions about ability and readiness, regardless of the injury. For one thing, now Quintana has gone through ANOTHER yo-yo in his prep for the season, from being shut down in March to building back up to 55 pitches and getting shut down again. For another thing, there were already pretty significant adjustments Quintana was needing to make to his game to deal with diminishing velocity and the continued lack of an effective third pitch.

For now, though, I’ll take solace in knowing that the injury should theoretically not be an issue when it comes to grip and feel of his pitches.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.