Cubs short­stop Rus­sell nears re­turn from foot in­jury

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Short­stop Ad­di­son Rus­sell is just about ready to re­turn to the Chicago Cubs’ lineup. The 2016 All-star says he’s painfree and hopes to play this week­end against the St. Louis Car­di­nals af­ter be­ing side­lined since Aug. 2 be­cause of plan­tar fasci­itis in his right foot. If not, he could be back early next week.

Rus­sell is sched­uled to work out Satur­day. Pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Theo Ep­stein says the Cubs ``will see’’ how the work­out goes be­fore de­cid­ing whether to ac­ti­vate him.

The Cubs plan to ease Rus­sell back in. Once he re­turns, Javier Baez fig­ures to see more time at sec­ond base af­ter fill­ing in at short­stop. Pitcher Jake Ar­ri­eta (strained right ham­string) is sched­uled to throw a

bullpen ses­sion on Satur­day.

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