Quintana making Cubs debut Sunday vs. O's
Lefty to follow Montgomery, Arrieta; Hendricks pitches at Double-A on Monday
CHICAGO -- Newly acquired pitcher Jose Quintana will make his first start for the Cubs on Sunday in the series finale against the Orioles at Camden Yards, while Kyle Hendricks will make one more rehab start for Double-A Tennessee.
Mike Montgomery will open the Cubs' Interleague series on Friday and be followed Saturday by Jacob Arrieta, who will make his second career start against his former team.
• Cubs bolster rotation by acquiring Quintana
The Cubs acquired Quintana on Thursday from the White Sox in exchange for four Minor Leaguers, including top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday they were impressed not just by Quintana's talent but also by the left-hander's makeup. Quintana was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts this year, including a 1-4 record and 5.11 ERA at home. He has the most no-decisions since 2012 of any starter (65 no-decisions over 169 starts), and Epstein said Quintana has never complained.
"We're excited to add this kind of quality individual to our clubhouse," Epstein said.
Quintana's last game was July 8 when he gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies and did not get a decision. He has nine quality starts out of his 18 outings.
The lefty went 2-7 in April and May with a combined 5.60 ERA in 11 starts, but was 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in five June outings. Despite the rough start to the season, Epstein said the Cubs scouts felt Quintana was "one of the most consistent quality starting pitchers in baseball."
"We love what we're getting and the more we dug, the more we realized it's the same guy who had a rough couple months," Epstein said.
As for Hendricks, he's been on the disabled list since June 5 with inflammation in his right hand, and threw 45 pitches over 3 1/3 innings for Tennessee on Monday. He will make another rehab start Monday for Tennessee.