The future is now in Chicago. Just days after the Cubs promoted top prospect Kris Bryant, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the club will call up prospect infielder Addison Russell.
The 21-year-old Russell has mostly been a shortstop in the minors and it’s still considered his best position for the long-term, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that he’s being called up to play second base. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com wrote on Monday that he has been playing second base of late with Triple-A Iowa in case there was a need with the big club. Tommy La Stella is currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain and Jonathan Herrera and Arismendy Alcantara have struggled, so it’s worth a shot. Of course, the Cubs currently have Starlin Castro at shortstop.
Russell, who was acquired from the Athletics last July in the Jeff Samardzija deal, was batting .318 (14-for-44) with one home run and an .803 OPS across his first 11 games in Triple-A this season and owns a .300/.376/.519 batting line in the minors. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 3 prospect in the game earlier this year.
Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy landed on the disabled list after exiting his season debut on April 9 with a mild left hamstring strain, but Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he’s on track to return Saturday against the Dodgers.
Kennedy threw 81 pitches over six innings today in an extended spring training game and Padres manager Bud Black said he “felt good” and “had no issues with the hamstring.” He’ll rejoin the team on Tuesday to be re-evaluated, but all signs point to him being activated for his next turn. Odrisamer Despaigne has been filling in, but he’ll presumably be moved back to the bullpen.
Kennedy, 30, is coming off a decent bounceback season where he posted a 3.63 ERA with a career-high 207 strikeouts over 201 innings.
Things are quickly going from bad to worse for the Brewers. Jonathan Lucroy had to exit tonight’s game against the Reds after taking a foul tip off his foot and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he was diagnosed with a broken left toe.
No word on how long Lucroy will be sidelined, but this is brutal news for a team who currently has the worst record in the majors at 2-11 and is already missing star center fielder Carlos Gomez due to a hamstring injury.
The Brewers figure to rely on a combination Martin Maldonado and Juan Centeno behind the plate for now. That’s a big downgrade from Lucroy’s All-Star production.
This from Reds manager Bryan Price is not a good look at all. According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Price went on a five-minute, 34-second profanity-laden tirade in his media session prior to tonight’s game against the Brewers.
At issue was that Price didn’t want to share information to the media which the opposition could use to their advantage. In this case, he was talking about a report that Devin Mesoraco was away from the team on Sunday and unavailable as a pinch-hitter. He was also upset that word leaked out that Mesoraco and Tucker Barnhart were on the same flight to St. Louis last Friday before Price got a chance to tell Kyle Skipworth he was being sent to the minors.
By Rosecrans’ count, there “were 77 uses of the “F” word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine).” Best description ever. Below is just a sample of Price’s rant, but be sure to read the whole thing:
“BP: Your job is not to sniff out every f****** thing is about the Reds and f****** put it out there for every other f****** guy to hear. It’s not your job. You want me to be candid with you? I’ve been candid with you. I f****** talk to you guys like men, I tell you what the f***’s going on with the team, I tell you how I’m feeling as candidly as I can and then this s***? You’ve got to watch this f****** s***? I’ve got to f****** read that on a f****** Tweet on our own people in here that we don’t have a f****** player? How the f*** does that benefit the Reds? It doesn’t benefit us one f****** bit. God **** we try to go out there and win f****** games and I got to come in here and then you guys f****** blow it all over the f****** place? Who we can play? Who we can’t? I’ll tell you what you want to know, I’m not going to f****** lie to you. I didn’t tell you f****** s***.”
I’d say that Rosecrans is doing his job pretty well, actually. As for Price, well…
UPDATE: You can listen to the (edited) audio of Price’s rant here. (The link has since been taken down)
UPDATE: More good news here in this latest update:
8:26 p.m. ET: Play has resumed in Pittsburgh after a delay of 23 minutes.
The fan was taken away on a stretcher and the early word is encouraging. Here’s hoping for more good news:
8:21 p.m. ET: Tonight’s Cubs-Pirates game is currently in a delay after a woman was hit in the back of the head by a foul ball in the top of the second inning.
The accident occurred right behind home plate as the fan appeared to be getting back into her seat. As Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes, the ball didn’t go through the netting behind home plate, but the woman was close enough to it that she was still struck. She is currently getting medical attention.
We’ll pass along more information when we have it.