Cubs Addison Russell is out for the NLCS with moderate hamstring strain
CHICAGO – The Cubs will be without one of their young stars for the National League Championship series.
On Monday Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that shortstop Addison Russell will miss the NLCS due to a moderate hamstring strain during Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Monday.
Maddon wouldn’t rule out Russell’s return should the Cubs advance to the World Series.
Acquired last season in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, Russell made his major league debut with the Cubs this season and played in 142 games. He batted .242 with 14 home runs and 54 runs batted in while also having a 97.7 percent fielding percentage in the infield.
In the playoffs Russell was 3-of-12 at the plate with an RBI. He was injured during one of his hits, straining his hamstring while sliding into third on a triple during the fourth inning.
In his place will be Javier Baez, who filled in for Russell after his injury in Game 3. Baez had a crucial three-run homer in the Cubs’ Game 4 victory over the Cardinals to advance to the NLCS. It was a welcome sight for Cubs fans after Baez committed an error late in Game 3 after taking over for Russell at shortstop.
Baez spent most of the season in Triple A Iowa after being sent there after spring training in hopes of cutting down on his strikeouts. He was recalled in September and hit .289 with a homer and 4 RBIs in 28 games. Since coming back up Baez has made at least one start at every infield position but was primarily used at second and third base.
At the plate in the postseason Baez is 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.