Addison Russell’s first start since Aug. 2 had some of everything — all of it encouraging. He was patient at the plate and his old self at shortstop.
By taking this game and the series from the Cardinals, the Cubs have all but closed the door for their division rivals, who are now five games out.
Russell, who has been sidelined since Aug. 3 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, says he might play this weekend against the Cardinals.
The Brewers scored eight runs in the third inning on the way to a 15-2 victory at Wrigley Field, putting them three games behind the Cubs.
Javy Baez has been exceptional replacing Addison Russell at shortstop. Manager Joe Maddon now wants to test the gamut of his second base options.
The Cubs say shortstop Addison Russell will miss in the ‘‘neighborhood of three weeks’’ after an MRI showed he aggravated his injured foot ligament.
Russell, who has been on the DL for the last month with a foot injury, experienced soreness in the foot again Wednesday, the team said.
Manager Joe Maddon said he thinks his youngest everyday starter remains focused on work as MLB continues to investigate June allegation.
Russell (plantar fasciitis) could be cleared for a brief minor-league rehab assignment Monday. He went on the DL Aug. 5.
On his first day back with the team during BP, Russell said he expects to return from the DL within 1 1/2 weeks. “Maybe even before that,” he said.
Russell’s plantar fasciitis injury, which could be related to an uncomfortable pair of new baseball shoes, could tax the infield depth into September.
The Cubs’ shortstop was accused of physically abusing his wife in a third-party Instagram post in early June.
The team’s other concern is its taxed pitching staff, which is the reason lefty reliever Rob Zastryzny was recalled instead of another infielder.
After more than a month, MLB still has no timetable for concluding its investigation into social media allegations of domestic violence.
The Cubs shortstop left Sunday’s game because of a “sharp, pinching pain.” He has a prescribed program to manage the recurring issue.