Cubs Will Be Better off Without Jose Quintana After Latest Freak Injury News

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Chicago Cubs lefty Jose Quintana | Justin Berl/Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs, already not in possession of a super intimidating starting rotation, were dealt the unfortunate news that starting pitcher Jose Quintana is recovering from a serious injury sustained from...housework?

Quintana underwent surgery on his left thumb after cutting it open while washing dishes in Miami. He will start throwing in two weeks.

If the Cubs had any idea about possibly letting go of Quintana, a free agent in 2021, this could be a solid excuse for them to use.

Quintana never posted an ERA above 3.76 in his 5.5 seasons as a White Sox star, but his production has dipped on the North Side, as his Cubs ERA has ballooned to 4.23 after his unsightly 4.68 mark in 2019.

Considering the Cubs gave up top prospect Eloy Jimenez, who crushed 31 home runs as a rookie, and promising pitcher Dylan Cease to get him, they should have expected more when they picked him up from their hated rivals.

The Cubs need to shake up their starting rotation if they want to get serious about a title run in 2020 and beyond, and they might not be able to afford rostering a pitcher that slices his hand open while washing dishes.