Cubs shutting down prospect Addison Russell from Arizona Fall League

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Cubs prospect shortstop Addison Russell has been playing the Arizona Fall League, but Patrick Mooney of 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.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.