(670 The Score) Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood has experienced a setback in his rehab from a right forearm strain, making it doubtful that he can contribute to the team for the rest of the season.
“I don’t want to make a statement that his season is over,” Ross said Tuesday. “But I would say there’s definitely a lot of caution.”
Chatwood hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 30, when he lasted only 2 1/3 innings. He has a 4.40 ERA in five starts. Chatwood had two superb starts to open the season before struggling since.
Ross acknowledged that Chatwood’s elbow “didn’t feel good.”
“He was trying to push himself to be back as soon as he possibly could, knowing the time frame in which the season is squeezed into and where he was at, feeling good and trying to get that next gear,” Ross said. “It just wasn’t there. His heart was pushing him one way, but his body was pushing back.”
Chatwood will be reassessed by the Cubs later this week. He’s avoiding throwing at this time.
“I’m not saying there’s not a scenario where we’re in the World Series and he’s in the bullpen,” Ross said. “Like, things can change from now until then. But right now, he’s on the shelf for a little bit.”
In another injury update, left-hander Jose Quintana threw a bullpen Monday that went “really well,” Ross said. Quintana has another bullpen scheduled for Wednesday before lining up for work in a simulated game late in the week. The Cubs plan to initially use Quintana out of the bullpen, Ross said.