James Russell

Cubs designate Rafael Soriano, James Russell for assignment

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From beat writer Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com

That move cleared up two 40-man roster spots for the Cubs’ first wave of September callups.

Russell, a 29-year-old left-handed specialist, was sporting a 5.29 ERA through 49 appearances this season for the Cubs. Soriano allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings with Chicago before landing on the disabled list August 4 with right shoulder inflammation. The 35-year-old right-hander will probably have to settle for another minor league contract this winter if he wants to continue his playing career.