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Los Angeles Angels move pitcher Jose Quintana to bullpen upon return

May 21, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels left-hander Jose Quintana, who was activated from the injured list Monday, was moved to the bullpen upon his return, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday.

Maddon told reporters that the 32-year-old veteran, who has started in 256 of his 263 career major league outings, accepted the move without complaint.

“Total team guy. He gets it,” Maddon said of Quintana. “He still views himself as a starter, but isn’t going out there with any kind of chip on his shoulder as far as being upset.”

The Angels placed Quintana on IL on May 31 due to left shoulder inflammation, the latest setback for the lefty in what has been a lost season thus far.

Quintana is 0-3 with a 7.22 ERA in his first nine starts as a member of the Angels since inking a one-year, $8 million deal in January. He has completed five innings in only two of his nine starts, walking 26 batters in 33 2/3 innings. On a plus side, he has fanned 50 for a career-best 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

After winning 10-plus games for four straight seasons from 2016-19, Quintana has not won a decision since. In his first five major league campaigns, he never posted a single-season ERA over 4.00, but his ERAs have been over 4.00 each year since.

A veteran of 10 major league seasons, Quintana is 83-80 with a 3.80 ERA for the Chicago White Sox (2012-17), Chicago Cubs (2017-20) and the Angels. He was an All-Star in 2016.

–Field Level Media