The two sides reached a deal Friday night, but waited to officially announce the move Saturday. Samardzija and Hammel will slot into the team's rotation, though it's unclear how soon they'll make their first start with their new club.
Russell joins the Cubs' solid collection of prospects. Chicago will also receive outfield prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher
According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the
According to ESPN's Keith Law, the Cubs will receive outfielder
Hammel tossed a quality start in a win over Nationals Friday and Samardzija was scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Cubs before the deal. Samardzija is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA over 17 starts (108 innings). Hammel is 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 17 starts (108 2/3 innings).
Russell suffered the injury April 4 while playing for Midland.
Russell, who has been out since early April, played four innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday. He had two at-bats and played in the field before being removed from the game, as he is slowly worked back in.
The team will understandably take things slowly with the recovery of the highly-rated prospect. Russell is 5 for 7 with one home run in two games with Double-A Midland.
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