The Chicago Cubs were given some positive news as well as some negative related to injuries, as they are planning to active southpaw ace Jon Lester from their disabled list so he can be the starter on Saturday against Atlanta.
However, their shortstop Addison Russell had a setback in recovering from his foot injury.
Joe Maddon the Cubs’ manager said that the team was going to re-evaluate it and doctors would be taking a much closer look. This came after the Cubs thrashed the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-3 Wednesday. Obviously there is something causing it to be sorer and makes the situation tough.
Russell has not played due to severe plantar fasciitis in his foot since August 2, but he was making preparation to return to the team following a short stint of rehab at their Triple-A affiliate Iowa Wednesday night.
However, he had been scheduled to play in his second game with Iowa Wednesday night, but was a late scratch and returned instead to Chicago so he could be examined by team doctors Thursday.
The Cubs at shortstop are very thin behind Javier Baez the current starter.
Maddon said that if you look at our shortstop position Javy had done an impressive job but after him it is much different so the team was counting on Russell returning.
Maddon added that having Russell back quickly is important and hopes the setback to his foot is not prolonged. That position is so important and could you imagine without either one out there how bad it would be.
The Cubs, who are in first place in the National League Central, could add from other teams, but if they want a player to be eligible for their postseason run, they must acquire them by midnight on Friday September 1.
Lester threw on Wednesday in a bullpen session and was declared healthy by the team to return. The plan by the Cubs is to use a rotation of six men in part because the replacement for Lester, Mike Montgomery, allowed only one run over 13 innings in two starts.
It means the remainder of the staff would have an extra day off during the 20 games over a period of 20 days. Pitcher Jake Arrieta will be the starter Monday with Montgomery starting after Lester is given the start.
Chicago leads Milwaukee by 3 ½ games with 30 games left in the regular season.