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When you stop seeing Addison Russell’s name in the Arizona Fall League box scores, it doesn’t mean he’s injured or about to get traded.
The Cubs sent a preemptive e-mail to reporters, saying Thursday would be Russell’s final game with the Mesa Solar Sox. The 20-year-old shortstop is said to be “perfectly healthy,” with both sides agreeing it’s time to rest and then start his offseason conditioning program.
The Cubs feel like Russell played close to a full season after 10 extra games in Arizona, where he hit .190 in 42 at-bats and got some time at second base.
Russell went to major-league camp with the Oakland A’s, tore his hamstring in April and played 18 games in their minor-league system before getting traded to the Cubs in the Jeff Samardzija deal on the Fourth of July.
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