Herrera elected free agency, according to MLB.com. Herrera was on the Cubs' active roster for the entire 2015 regular season, though he didn't receive a plate appearance over the last three weeks. The versatile infielder will look to catch on with another team, most likely on a minor league contract.
Cubs infielder Jonathan Herrera launched his first home run of the season in the 6-1 win over the Mets on Thursday. Herrera's two-run home run in the sixth inning off Jacob deGrom gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead at the time. This was Herrera's first longball in nearly two years. His last home run prior to Thursday came on July 7, 2013. Herrera was getting a spot start at third base on Thursday, allowing Kris Bryant to have the afternoon off.
Cubs second baseman Jonathan Herrera starts the second straight game on Sunday. Herrera replaces Addison Russell, who had started 10 straight going into the weekend. Herrera starts his ninth game at second base and will bat last in the order.
After playing the first 53 games of the season, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro received his first day off this season against the Nationals on Saturday. As a result, Addison Russell will get his first career start at shortstop, per the team's official website. Castro is hitting .220 (9 for 41) with a home run and an RBI over his last 11 games played. With Russell at shortstop, manager Joe Maddon moved Jonathan Herrera to second base. He will bat seventh, while Russell will bat last. Russell is hitting just .158 (3 for 19) with an RBI over his last six games.
Cubs infielder Jonathan Herrera will start at second base on Sunday for the Cubs with Addison Russell getting the day off. He will bat ninth, with starting pitcher Jason Hammel hitting eighth. Herrera is slashing .220/.238/.268 for the season. The rest of the Cubs' lineup is the same from Saturday.