Cubs prospect shortstop Addison Russell has been playing the Arizona Fall League, but Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes that the club has decided to shut him down.
The good news is that Russell is considered “perfectly healthy.” The Cubs now feel like he has played a full season and just want him to rest for a bit before he begins his offseason conditioning program.
Acquired from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal in July, Russell hit just .196 (9-for-46) with two home runs over 11 games in the Arizona Fall League. The most noteworthy thing about his time there was that he played some second base. He’s clearly not long for the minors, but just where he’ll fit with the big club remains a question as long as Starlin Castro is still around. That shortstop logjam (which also includes Javier Baez) could be resolved this winter.
Russell batted .295/.350/.508 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI over 68 games this season between High-A and Double-A.