Cubs' Addison Russell: Expected to return in reduced role
Russell (finger) will be activated from the disabled list Saturday but will initially be used in a bench role, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The expanded September rosters allow the Cubs to bring back Russell before he's fully ready to regain his starting role. His importance to the lineup has been reduced with Daniel Murphy now in Chicago, as Javier Baez can serve as a more-than-capable deputy at shortstop. Russell will be a defensive replacement and pinch hitter when he first returns, but he'll have the chance to win back a larger role before the end of the season.
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