CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell had a setback in his return from a foot injury, described as a bad case of plantar fasciitis, and will return to Chicago from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa to be examined by doctors.
Russell, 23, last played on Aug. 2 before going on the disabled list with the injury. Russell was scheduled to play six or seven innings at Triple-A on Wednesday, leading to a possible return to the Cubs by the weekend, but he experienced soreness and was immediately scratched.
It’s been an up-and-down season for the Cubs’ starting shortstop, as marital problems became public via social media, where a third party accused him of domestic abuse. Major League baseball looked into those allegations but has not made a definitive statement either way.
Javier Baez has started every game at shortstop since Russell went down. The Cubs do not have another natural shortstop on the 25-man roster, nor much depth at that position in the minors. The team would have to trade for one by midnight EST on Friday in order for him to be available for the postseason roster.