Cubs recall Russell, send Almora to Triple A
Saturday, August 17, 2019

(PITTSBURGH) - One day after the replacement shortstop for Javier Baez made a critical ninth-inning error in a late collapse against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs recalled infielder Addison Russell and demoted outfielder Albert Almora Jr. to Triple-A Iowa. Although the move looks like a direct reaction to Thursday's loss, in which backup David Bote booted a ball, in reality, the Cubs were thinking of the switch already. Russell has thrived at Triple-A lately, and Almora has struggled at the plate, especially against left-handers, which is normally his strength. Russell replaced Tony Kemp at second base in the bottom of the eighth Friday, but he never got an at-bat in the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Almora was the Cubs' first-round pick in 2012 and had been with the big league team for the better part of three seasons before the surprise demotion. Hoyer said the Cubs plan to recall Almora on Sept. 1, when the roster limit expands from 25 to 40. Russell, who began the season on the suspended list for violating MLB's domestic abuse policy, was with the Cubs from May 8 to July 24 before being sent down as much for his mental mistakes as anything. He vowed to be better, including not missing signs, an issue for him previously.