|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||1/23/1994|
|Height, Weight||6'0", 200 lbs|
|Drafted||2012 - Rd 1|
Russell went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Reds.
It was Russell's sixth home run of the season and first since June 21, as he's lost playing time at second base recently to Robel Garcia. The Cubs also have Daniel Descalso and David Bote in the mix at the keystone, so Russell may be hard-pressed to build any momentum in the short term.
Russell is starting at second base and batting seventh in Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Russell has seemingly been leapfrogged on the depth chart at second base by Robel Garcia, who had picked up four straight starts before hitting the bench Saturday. Russell is slashing just .154/.313/.231 this month, while Garcia has hit the ground running with a .308/.375/.923 slash line across his first 13 MLB at-bats.
Russell is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Russell will head to the bench for the second time in the last three games after committing an error in Saturday's game, which comes on the heels of a another defensive lapse Wednesday. Robel Garcia will start at the keystone Sunday.
Russell is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.
Russell will get a day to observe after making an ill-advised throw to home plate late in Wednesday's game, which was not close to getting the runner. The Pirates then won on a sac fly. "We were playing for the out and threw the ball to the plate, and that kind of messed things up a little bit," manager Joe Maddon told Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times. Robel Garcia is getting the start at second base.
Russell will start at second base and bat eighth Monday against the Pirates.
Russell, who played shortstop in Sunday's loss to the Reds while Javier Baez rested, has now drawn five of the Cubs' last seven starts at second base. He closed out June with a five-game hitting streak, which should at least give him some temporary security on the depth chart ahead of David Bote and Daniel Descalso.