Before going on the DL he compiled a 4-3 mark with a 4.09 ERA.Left-hander José Quintana was relieved the trade rumors were finally over.
“[It’s a] fresh start and I just want to do my job and make the playoffs,” Cubs newly acquired pitcher said Friday.
But the fresh start isn’t just for Quintana, who recorded a 4-8 record with a 4.49 ERA for the White Sox this season.
The Cubs’ rotation, which has struggled this season with a combined 4.66 ERA, also needs to push the restart button heading out of the All-Star break.
Manager Joe Maddon said the Quintana addition will help re-energize the pitching staff.
“It’s definitely an injection. It’s definitely about energy. It’s more believability with [Quintana] around here. You cannot win without pitching,” Maddon said. “[Quintana is] almost like the perfect acquisition right now.”
Some of Quintana’s new teammates think the Cubs’ front office made the right move — trading four prospects to the White Sox, including power-hitting outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease.
“To come back with a nice new addition after the break is amazing,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “I think it’s a great move.”
Right fielder Jason Heyward said the trade should “show everybody in this clubhouse what [the front office] thinks of the team.”
“From day one, they’ve done everything they can to meet us more than halfway,” Heyward said.
Gray is 4-4 with a 4.00 ERA this season for the Oakland Athletics.
With Quintana added to the roster Friday, righty Dylan Floro was optioned back down to Class AAA Iowa again.
Note: Kyle Hendricks is expected to make his second minor league start Tuesday for Class AA Tennessee. Hendricks has been on the disabled list since June 8 with right hand tendinitis. Before being placed on the DL, he compiled a 4-3 mark with a 4.09 ERA.
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