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Addison Russell Returns, The Playoff Push Begins

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Addison Russell Returns, The Playoff Push Begins

Saturday morning, the Chicago Cub activated Addison Russell from the 10-day disabled list. Russell was placed on disabled list on August 4 due to right foot strain and plantar fasciitis. This season (97 games), Russell is batting .241 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs, 36 runs batted in and 46 runs. Addison Russell has been struggling both on and off the field the season which has shown in his stats especially after the season he had in 2016. Russell’s return is key for the Cubs final playoff push and making a splash this October.

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Rehab Action

Russell appeared in one game for the Iowa Cubs while on his rehab stint. On August 28, he started at shortstop and went 1 for 3 with a double. The stint was cut short after feeling soreness in his right foot during pregame activities. He appeared in no games after that and returned to Chicago to finish his rehabilitation.

Now What?

The return of Addison Russell brings uncertainty to the Cubs lineup going into the final home stretch and playoffs. During his time on the disabled list, a player such as Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Ben Zobrist (just to name a few) all stated why they belong in the everyday lineup. Javier Baez was able to take full advantages since he can also play shortstop.

Baez started in all 39 games during Addison Russell’s absence. He batted .298/.349/.518/.866 with 31 runs, five doubles, a triple, eight home runs, and 26 runs batted in. Javy Mania took over not only at Wrigley Field but across Major League. From his quick tags to his slides at home, fans grew pleased. With Russell’s return and Baez’s success, Maddon has to make a tough choice who plays where especially when the infield alters the bench. For this team over the last two weeks, consistency is a must since the everyday lineup changes this season haven’t always panned out.

Russell Needed for Playoff Push

Addison Russell didn’t get the start Saturday but Joe Maddon did make it clear that he was available.

Russell came in to pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth for the pitchers’ spot. He hit his 11th home run of the season on a Tyler Lyons’ pitch to center field.

Sunday afternoon, Russell got the start at shortstop and batted eighth in the lineup. He has yet to make an out after going 1 for 1 with 3 walks paired with his home run from Saturday. He picked up right where he left off. Russell was batting .306 with 9 runs, 7 doubles, 3 home runs, and 7 runs batted in during the second half. Cubs went 14-4 during those games.

Cubs have now won back-to-back series and hold the longest win streak in MLB at 6 games. They now hold a four game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers and a six-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Cubs magic number is at 10 and still, have two 4-game series against both of those teams.

Welcome back, Addison Russell. The final playoff push is now.