Addison Russell has been bothered by multiple nagging injuries this year, none of which were (up to now) serious enough to put him on the disabled list. He has a swollen knuckle on his left middle finger, and was scratched from Tuesday’s game with shoulder inflammation.
With just-acquired Daniel Murphy activated for tonight’s game against the Tigers, Russell will get a 10-day break, retroactive to yesterday:
#Cubs place Russell on 10 day DL retroactive to Monday with sprained left middle finger— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 22, 2018
Seriously, anyone complaining about Russell’s production this year should look to these injuries and wonder how he managed to gut out even this much hitting: .259/.326/.359, with 21 doubles, a triple and five home runs in 382 at-bats. He’s still been worth 2.3 bWAR because of his stellar defense. This DL stint will take Russell through the end of August, so when he’s re-activated, no further roster move will need to be made. This also means David Bote is likely here to stay, with Kris Bryant not expected back until after September 1.
Of Murphy’s hitting prowess in Wrigley Field, you don’t need to be reminded, but here are his lifetime numbers there: .413/.440/.702 (43-for-104) with nine doubles and seven home runs, and that doesn’t include the demolition he did to the Cubs in the 2015 NLCS.
He’ll get to face one of his old teams next week when the Mets come to Wrigley. Should be interesting. In the meantime, the Cubs aren’t wasting any time getting him at-bats, as he is starting and leading off tonight against the Tigers: