• by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Cubs RP James Russell dispatched to Triple-A Iowa

    Cubs reliever James Russell has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa after being designated for assignment Tuesday, MLB.com has reported. Russell suffered through a miserable stretch in August, sending his ERA soaring from 2.70 to 5.29. He allowed 12 runs in 7 1/3 innings during that time.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cubs DFA relievers Rafael Soriano and James Russell

    Cubs relievers Rafael Soriano and James Russell have been designated for assignment. Soriano made six appearances for the Cubs after signing a minor-league deal in June. He posted a 6.35 ERA, and was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Aug. 5. In his first season back with the Cubs, Russell struggled in 2015. In 49 relief appearances, he posted a 5.29 ERA over 34 innings of work.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Cubs' James Russell earns first save of year

    Cubs reliever James Russell earned his first save since last season, and fourth of his career, Tuesday against Milwaukee. Russell pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit. Four of his last five outings have been scoreless. For the third time in four appearances and sixth time in the last eight, Russell didn't strike out a batter.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Cubs' James Russell has one-pitch blown save

    Cubs reliever James Russell entered Tuesday's game with St. Louis and threw one pitch, retiring the only batter he faced. Russell was charged with his second blown save of the season, however, as an inherited runner scored the tying run on the groundout he induced.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cubs reliever James Russell makes season debut Tuesday

    Cubs reliever James Russell allowed one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings during the team's 7-4 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday. After starting his career with Chicago, he was dealt to the Braves at the trading deadline last season. The Cubs signed him to a minor league contract last month, and brought him up to the team prior to Tuesday's game. "It's comfortable to be back," Russell said, per MLB.com. "It's a good feeling. The culture has kind of changed for the better. It's definitely nice." Last season with the Cubs and Braves, the left-hander pitched to a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. While pitching in Triple-A this season, Russell did not allow an earned run in seven appearances, and posted a 12:0 K:BB ratio.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Report: Cubs sign LHP James Russell to minor-league deal

    The Cubs have signed left-hander James Russell to a minor-league deal on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He will report to Triple-A Iowa, per MLB.com Russell, 29, spent his first four-plus seasons with the Cubs before he was acquired by Atlanta last season at the trade deadline. The Braves released Russell last week after allowing nine earned runs and three homers in 7 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking three.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Braves release RP James Russell

    The Braves have released relief pitcher James Russell, MLB.com reports. Russell came to the Braves from the Cubs in a deadline-day deal last season and posted a 2.22 ERA and 16:4 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings with his new team. He struggled this spring, allowing nine earned runs and three homers in 7 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking three.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Braves' James Russell (toe) has 30-pitch live BP session

    Braves pitcher James Russell, who has been dealing with turf toe, said he felt good Wednesday after throwing 30 pitches during live batting practice Tuesday, per MLB.com. Russell, who has yet to make his spring debut, is still hoping for a chance to be used as a starting pitcher.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Braves RP James Russell agrees to $2.425M salary for 2015

    The Braves and reliever James Russell avoided arbitration Thursday, agreeing to a one-year, $2.425 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Russell posted a 2.22 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 22 relief appearances after his acquisition from the Cubs in July. He posted a career-best 2.97 ERA in 66 relief outings last season.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    James Russell named starter for season finale

    The Braves announced that left-hander James Russell will make the start in Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia. Russell owns a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings of relief this season.