Rotowire: Dec 2 / 4:40p ET
News: The Braves might give Russell a shot to spend at least the early weeks of spring training stretching out as a starter, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Russell began his professional career as a starter in the Cubs' system, but has pitched almost exclusively as a reliever since 2009, making just six starts in his five seasons at the major league level. However, the Braves, lacking quality starting pitching depth, are at least toying with the idea of getting him stretched out, though nothing's definite and it seems likely he'll wind up back in the bullpen regardless.
Rotowire: Sep 27 / 7:33p ET
News: Russell will start Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
Impact: The Braves waited until late Saturday to announce a replacement for Alex Wood, who was scratched with a forearm strain. Russell is a surprising choice, considering he hasn't started a big league game since 2011 with the Cubs. In all likelihood, it will just be a bullpen game for Atlanta, and Russell probably won't be allowed to pitch deep enough to qualify for a win.