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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cubs Injury Update: Addison Russell shut down in AFL but 'perfectly healthy'


By on 10/25/2014 01:30:00 PM

Chicago Cub fans, do not fear. The shutdown of shortstop Addison Russell has nothing to do with injury. The Cubs simply felt that he needed some rest. Therefore, Thursday's contest with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League was Russell's last game of 2014.

Russell played in 11 AFL games, but he hit only .196 while playing mainly shortstop and designated hitter, but he also played a little second base. CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports that Russell is "perfectly healthy" but has simply run out of gas. Mooney tweeted the news Thursday when the Cubs made the announcement.




Russell spent much of the first half of the season out injured with a strained hamstring while an Oakland Athletics prospect. He got healthy just in time for the Cubs to demand him as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland in early July. He then played in 50 games for the Cubs' Double-A team, the Tennessee Smokies, and took over as the Cubs' #2 overall prospect behind only Kris Bryant.

In 68 total Minor League games this year, Russell hit .295/.350/.508 with 13 HR, 45 RBI, 39 R, and 6 SB.

While his 11 games in the AFL did not go so well overall, Russell did end his experience on a very positive note. He blasted a two-run home run in his final at bat says MLB.com's William Boor, who quoted the talented 20-year-old shortstop describing both the home run and the experience of playing the extra games. Said Russell,
"I just wanted to be aggressive that last at-bat. I was looking fastball in and he threw me a fastball in and I got a hold of it.... It was a short [stint] around here, but I can learn from this experience. You can learn something new every day in baseball. It was a lot of fun. It's just another steppingstone. I have to go into this offseason with the mindset of 'I want to get better.' That's why I came here, is to get better, see some more arms and play with these guys. It was just fun for me."
Now, he has a chance to rest before beginning to prepare for Spring Training in February. Russell will likely start the new season in either Double-A Tennessee or Triple-A Iowa and make his Major League debut at some point in 2015.

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