BREAKING: A Flurry of Moves — Contreras Activated, Russell Demoted, and Chatwood Starting for Lester

The Cubs made a series of moves today ahead of their series finale with the San Francisco Giants.

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Okay, breathe. Deep breath. That was a lot to take in. The Cubs made a series of moves today ahead of their series finale with the San Francisco Giants. First, Jon Lester was scratched from today’s start due to illness, opening the door for Tyler Chatwood to make the spot start this afternoon.

Following that announcement, Willson Contreras was activated from the injured list and, to open a space on the roster, infielder Addison Russell was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

There is not much to look into with the Lester announcement, illness happens during a long season. However, the Russell move is certainly worth discussion.

It’s no secret that Addison Russell has struggled recently at the plate, in the field, and on the base paths. Most notably, manager Joe Maddon called Russell out after a game where he dropped a routine fly ball, was thrown out at second after a flyout, and once again let go of his bat after an all-too-frequent swing and miss. This was the opportunity for the Cubs to send him down.

Russell needs to get his head right. He seems to lack focus game after game, and he has not been good at the plate. Hopefully, for his own sake, the young infielder figures it out at Triple-A, similar to what has been happening with Ian Happ.

Pure author speculation, but I believe Russell would benefit from a change of scenery, and Iowa is not what I mean. It could be most beneficial for both the team and player if Russell is moved at the deadline. He can start fresh with a new club who sees his potential, and the Cubs drop another name that has occupied the headlines more than I assume they’d like this season.

Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 2:45 PM central time. Chatwood will take the bump today looking to avoid the sweep.


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