REPORT: Addison Russell Expected to Be Called Up to Cubs Tonight

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REPORT: Addison Russell Expected to Be Called Up to Cubs Tonight

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It was never entirely clear how long the Cubs intended to keep Addison Russell at AAA Iowa after his domestic violence suspension concluded last week, but they feigned an intention for it to be a good long while.

Not so much, according to Dave Kaplan:

Russell, who long ago lost his starting shortstop job to Javy Baez, would figure to be a bench piece on this club, rotating in and out of the lineup for occasional starts and late-inning defensive work. Though we’ll see how Joe Maddon chooses to use him.

As for the corresponding move, as Kaplan notes, Ben Zobrist was a late scratch last night for a personal issue, so it’s possible he’s going to miss some time. Daniel Descalso has also been battling a sore ankle.

It was disappointing to a great many fans that the Cubs elected to retain Russell in the first place when he was accused by his former wife of domestic abuse, and then accepted a 40-man suspension from MLB for his actions. The Cubs decided to work with Russell through this process, the fruits of which – for Russell and for the organization – remain unclear.

Author: Brett Taylor

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