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Addison Russell scratched from rehab assignment

ATLANTA, GA Ð JULY 18: Chicago's Addison Russell looks on from the dugout during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves on July 18, 2017 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5 Ð 1. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was scratched from Wednesday night’s lineup at Triple-A Iowa, where he was on a rehab assignment. He will return to Chicago to be further evaluated, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Cubs have been without Russell in their lineup since Aug. 2. He has been on the 10-day disabled list with a foot injury, which has led to the team turning the reins over at short to infield extraordinaire Javier Baez.

On the season, Russell is batting .241 with a .305 on-base percentage across 97 games. He has collected 10 home runs and driven in 36 runs, in addition to clubbing 20 doubles for the third consecutive season.

Also for the third straight year, Russell is on pace to contribute more defensively than he does offensively, in terms of WAR. It was just a year ago that Russell was named a National League All-Star for the first time in his career, despite finishing the year as a .238 hitter. He has been the team’s everyday shortstop since his call-up in 2015.

With Russell sidelined, Baez has batted .286 in the month of August, clubbing seven home runs and driving in 22 runs. While Russell ranks superior in terms of dWAR, Baez has played all over the diamond for the Cubs in 2017 and found a rhythm playing every day up the middle.

As the minor league regular season reaches its end in the coming days, Russell may soon be running short of potential rehab assignments. Entering play on Wednesday, the Cubs hold a three-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central in their quest to repeat as division champions.

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