Addison Russell hopes to be ready if Cubs advance to World Series

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Things are looking shaky right now with the Mets up 2-0 in the NLCS, but Cubs shortstop Addison Russell told Patrick Mooney of this afternoon that he hopes his left hamstring is healed enough for him to be available if the Cubs advance to the World Series.

“I don’t see why not,” Russell said Monday at Wrigley Field. “But we’re still trying to (be) precautionary, even though the way that I feel is going better than planned. We’re still going to try and take it slow, because you still have those days. There’s no rush.”

Russell strained his left hamstring while legging out a triple in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. The Cubs removed him from the active roster for the NLCS against the Mets, but he’s planning to ramp up his rehab this week.

Javier Baez is serving as the starting shortstop for the Cubs with Russell sidelined. He’s 1-for-6 with three strikeouts over the first two games against the Mets.