James Russell RP CHC 3 months ago

Russell signed a minor league deal with the Phillies on Thursday and will receive an invite to major league spring training.

James Russell RP CHC 5 months ago

Russell was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

James Russell RP CHC 5 months ago

Russell was DFA'd on Tuesday.

James Russell RP CHC 5 months ago

Russell gave up three unearned runs in one-third of an inning against the Reds on Monday.

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James Russell RP CHC 7 months ago

Russell put another zero on the board Saturday, his 11th consecutive scoreless appearance.

Most of those appearances haven't even lasted an inning however, and Russell is still putting a runners on base. The streak has covered only 6.1 innings, and in that time he has allowed seven hits and two walks. His 1.77 ERA probably says less about his value than his 1.33 WHIP.

James Russell RP CHC 8 months ago

Russell struck out one in a scoreless inning against the Reds on Friday.

Russell has not given up a run in over three weeks. Of course, he's only pitched 5.2 innings in that span, as he's frequently called upon to face just one or two hitters. Still, in his last six appearances, he's pitched 4.1 innings and has four holds, so he's getting the call in key situations. For the year he has a 1.29 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 7:4 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.

James Russell RP CHC 9 months ago

Russell was called up by the Cubs on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Russell will be up to provide relief for a bullpen that has been taxed in recent days, beginning Tuesday night in St. Louis. Before getting traded to Atlanta at the deadline last July, Russell spent four and a half years with the Cubs, making 57-plus appearances every season from 2010-2013.

James Russell RP CHC 10 months ago

Russell agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Russell, who was released by the Braves in late March despite signing a one-year, $2.425 million contract in January, will head back to the team that traded him to Atlanta last season. He will open the 2015 campaign with Triple-A Iowa but is a good bet to see action with the big club at some point this season.

James Russell RP CHC 10 months ago

Russell was released by the Braves on Sunday.

Although Russell enjoyed success after coming after from Chicago last July, posting a 2.22 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 22 appearances, he had a reverse platoon split and his issues against lefties carried over to Grapefruit League action. Russell had a .313 BAA against lefties in three spring appearances -- his debut was delayed by a toe injury -- and he gave up a pair of homers to lefties (Stephen Drew and Brian McCann) in a particularly poor outing. It seems the Braves decided he was not an ideal fit for a specialist role, and thus, Josh Outman and Luis Avilan will be leaned on as Atlanta's top lefty options.

James Russell RP CHC 11 months ago

Russell (toe) said Wednesday that he is still hoping to earn a spot in the Braves' starting rotation, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

A toe injury has delayed Russell significantly, likely eliminating any chance he had of earning a starting role, but you can't fault the guy for holding out hope. Manager Fredi Gonzalez mentioned Russell as a candidate for a starting role over the winter, but that was before the team signed Wandy Rodriguez and Eric Stults and traded for Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos. Russell completed a 30-pitch live batting practice session Tuesday and is expected to make his spring debut later this week, but the Braves figure to prepare him for a late-inning specialist role.