Jed Hoyer has no explanation for the team’s sudden fielding lapse this season. But Joe Maddon expects it to turn around quickly.
Jon Jay earned a start in center field Monday night. The 32-year-old entered the game with five hits in his last 10 at-bats.
The Cubs’ youngest everyday player has incorporated a more contact-producing approach at the plate while still picking spots to swing big.
Addison Russell drove in four runs, including a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth, to beat the Brewers in the finale of a 4-5 opening homestand.
Just when Cubs shortstop Addison Russell appeared to be shriveling on the vine last October, at the worst possible time, he suddenly burst into bloom.
Russell missed the last week because of a sore back but said Wednesday his fitness had gone from 95 percent to “about 100 percent” in the past day.
While Russell makes progress, second baseman Ben Zobrist (stiff neck) returns to the lineup Tuesday after missing more than a week.