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Just a little Seattle meatloaf before heading home. I dunno what that loaf would consist of but it’s unlikely to be topped with catsup, given the area’s piscatorial pursuits... but is it still meat loaf if it’s made of salmon? And can you get hooked on it?

Inquiring minds want to know.

The Cubs’ line looks better daily — enjoy the feeling while it lasts, Cubs fans! These are the good old days. It’s better for the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry that St. Louis is playing well. Admit it, Rick Morrissey.

Anyway, today’s a day off from Cubs baseball while we anticipate the weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals, who have a three-game lead as of this writing. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes, to fill some of the time. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

The Cubs’ plan is for Addison Russell to accrue a workload in the Minors similar what players get during Spring Training before determining whether he’s ready to join the Major League club. Typically, big leaguers get around 50 at-bats before Opening Day. Russell has had 20. He also had 34 at-bats over 12 Cactus League games and hit .382/.395/.529, but he was out of action almost a full month before joining Iowa on the restricted list.

“We wanted to make sure that he’s ready for when the time comes,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He hasn’t had the benefit of a real Spring Training yet, so we just thought more games and more at-bats would benefit him and us. ... But there’s not a real urgent need for him right now. I think we’re better off letting him continue to go through Spring Training.” — Daniel Kramer.

“The decision to option him is clearly a baseball decision,” Epstein said. “I don’t want that to be misconstrued. Of course, there are other considerations. By indicating a willingness to bring him back to the big leagues when he’s ready from a baseball standpoint, that doesn’t mean that he’s sort of at the finish line of his work off the field. I said the other day and I stand by it, there’s really no finish line. It’s a long-term process of the work he’s putting in to grow as a person.” — Sahadev Sharma {$}.

Today in Cubs history (from BBRef):

Food for thought:

Thanks for reading. Chicken Butt says hey.