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Addison Russell is Back: Immediately Makes Beautiful Play, Drives in a Run, Homers (VIDEOS)

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It wasn’t the very first play of the game, but it was close. It was the third.

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been out of Spring Training action for more than a week with a tight back, and finally returned to the lineup tonight in an exhibition against the Astros.


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Russell actually did get the first ball in play of the night by the Astros, a routine grounder which he fielded without issue. Much more interesting is what he did with the third ball in play – a rocket by Jose Altuve:

Yes, I’d say Russell is feeling pretty good. And looking good, too.

The next half inning, naturally, Russell drove in the first run of the game by lashing a single to right center:


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Yup, still looking good.

Then, the very next inning, the young man who was having a blistering spring before his back issue popped up, ripped a homer to left:

Yup, still looking good.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.