Cubs shut down Russell; 10/23 recap

Addison Russell homered in his final AFL at-bat as the Cubs have shut down the shortstop from play in Mesa. Reports out of Puerto Rico indicate Javier Baez may play for Santurce. Lefty reliever Joseph Ortiz earned his first save in the VWL.

Russell done in AFL

According to a report from William Boor of, the Cubs have shut down SS Addison Russell after 10 games. The 20-year-old made the most of his final at-bat, blasting a two-run homer of the left field wall. In 46 at-bats, Russell hit .196/.260/.348 with two homers, a double and 10 RBI.

Arizona Fall League—Mesa 7, Scottsdale 3
Addison Russell (.196) slugged his second homer of the season with a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh on the first pitch he saw from Ethan Stewart. It was his only hit of the game in four trips......Daniel Vogelbach (.194) was 0-for-3 but walked and scored in the sixth. Despite the low batting average, Vogelbach has walked eigh ttiems and has a OBP of .350......The win upped Mesa’s record to 8-6, 2.5 games back of Salt River in the East.

Venezuelan Winter League
Joseph Ortiz, claimed off waivers from the Rangers early this month, saw his first action and recorded the save in La Guaria’s 1-0 win over Zulia. The lefty fanned four in 1.2 innings and the only runner reached via walk.

Dominican Winter League
Escogido’s Carlos Pimentel had his second straight rough outing as the right-hander gave up five runs in and didn’t make it out of the second innings. He surrendered seven hits and walked two in the 13-5 loss to Gigantes.

Puerto Rican Winter League
According to a Puerto Rican website, the General Manager of Santurce said Cubs second baseman Javier Baez will be playing in the league this winter. Frankie Higginbotham said Baez will join the Crabbers on Dec. 3 for practice and start playing in games on Dec. 11. The Cubs have made no comment on Baez’ winter plans. Opening Day is Oct. 30 and ends on Dec. 30. Baez would be available for the final 13 games of the season, and playoffs.

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