While Russell makes progress, second baseman Ben Zobrist (stiff neck) returns to the lineup Tuesday after missing more than a week.
The All-Star shortstop has been out of the lineup since Thursday because of a sore back. He played catch Monday.
Minor injuries — such as Albert Almora Jr.’s neck tightness and Addison Russell’s stiff back — can start to loom larger as the opener closes in.
Shortstop Addison Russell hit his team-leading fifth home run in the loss.
Nearing his third season as the Cubs’ shortstop, Addison Russell sees no reason why he can’t take a large step toward becoming an elite player.
What can the Cubs get better at? Here’s what Addison Russell, Javy Baez and Albert Almora Jr. have in mind for themselves in 2017.
Cubs prospects Taylor Davis and Chris Dominguez homered in the Cubs’ six-run sixth inning before Robert Segedin’s winning two-run shot in the ninth.