#Cubs Minor League roundup

Tuesday’s games

Taylor Teagarden hit a two-run homer and a two-run double to lift Iowa to a 6-4 win over New Orleans. Donn Roach gave up one run on five hits over six innings for the win. On Wednesday, Tsuyoshi Wada was scheduled to make his second rehab start.

Albert Almora drove in two runs in Tennessee’s 5-3 loss to Jackson. Pin-Chieh Chen and Kyle Schwarber had two hits apiece. Corey Black gave up one run, unearned, on two hits over six innings but did not get a decision. He now has a 1.80 ERA.

Ben Carhart hit a two-run homer in the second to help Myrtle Beach beat Salem, 7-4. The Pelicans scored four runs in the seventh on a RBI double by Jeimer Candelario, an error, an RBI single by Daniel Lockhart and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Penalver.

South Bend lost, 5-2, to Lake County. Justin Marra hit a solo home run in the third. Jake Stinnett started, and gave up one unearned run on two hits and five walks over five innings.

#Cubs Russell: “I’m here for a reason”

The Cubs considered how Addison Russell was hitting, how he performed this spring, how the big league team needed help at second base. But manager Joe Maddon looked at another element of Russell’s game.

“When you’re going to possibly promote somebody like him with limited experience, you have to look at the person,” Maddon said Tuesday prior to Russell’s Major League debut with the Cubs. “Do you think the guy can handle it? I’m not worried about him handling success — how can he handle failure?

“I think he can and we think he can,” Maddon said. “It may appear premature to some, but it’s only done because you think he can deal with it. Part of it is need right now and we do think he can handle it right now. The fact that he’s been a quick study at second base helps.”

Russell arrived at PNC Park a little surprised at getting the news from Triple-A Iowa manager Marty Pevey.

“I went to Triple-A with the mindset that I’m going to finish out at Triple-A,” said Russell, who has played 14 games at the Triple-A level. “I’m excited. I think this is a good thing for me and it’s going to push me and I’m looking forward to it.”

Russell is now the youngest active player in the National League at 21 years 88 days, beating the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (22 years 187 days). The youngest active players in the Majors are Blue Jays pitchers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro. Both are 20 years old.

“I just like playing this game,” Russell said. “I’m here for a reason.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs roster moves: Russell up, Olt to 60-day DL

The Cubs made it official, selecting the contract of infielder Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday and optioning infielder Arismendy Alcantara to the Minor League team.

Russell was batting .318 in 11 games at Triple-A Iowa with four doubles and one home run. He played five games at second and six games at shortstop.

To make room on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, third baseman Mike Olt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Olt has a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

Russell, who was starting at second base and batting ninth Tuesday, is now the youngest active player in the National League at 21 years 88 days. The Nationals’ Bryce Harper was the youngest active player (22 years 187 days) in the NL. The youngest active players in the Majors are Blue Jays pitchers Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro. Both are 20 years old.

In the first game of a doubleheader on Monday, Russell broke up Scott Baker’s perfect game with a single in the seventh for Iowa, and then went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the second game.

Alcantara, 23, who made the Opening Day roster this year for the first time in his young career, was 2-for-26 in 11 games with the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs lineup: Russell batting ninth

Addison Russell will make his Major League debut Tuesday night when the Cubs face the PIrates at PNC Park. Russell will play second and bat ninth. He had played five games at second base at Triple-A Iowa this year, including both games of a doubleheader on Monday. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Bryant 3B

Castro SS

Denorfia LF

Castillo C

T. Wood P

Russell 2B

Pirates say fan hit by foul ball during #Cubs game is “doing fine”

The woman who was struck by a foul ball behind home plate on Monday at PNC Park was released from a Pittsburgh hospital on Tuesday. The Pirates issued the following statement:

“The female fan who was struck by a foul ball during last night’s game was sent via ambulance to the hospital for the appropriate examinations. Thankfully, the fan was released from the hospital following those examinations.

“We are extremely grateful for this positive outcome. The organization is in the process of reaching out to her to show our support. Due to privacy laws, we will not reveal the name of the fan, nor additional details at this time.

“We wish to thank the PNC Park personnel and fellow fans who were on the scene at the time, as well as the Pittsburgh EMS for their quick response.”

The incident happened in the second inning during Starlin Castro’s at-bat.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League update: Russell, Vogelbach and more

Monday’s games

Addison Russell went 1-for-3 with a two-out single in the seventh that broke up Scott Baker’s perfect game but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 8-0, in seven innings to Oklahoma City in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. In the second game, Taylor Davis hit a solo home run and Junior Lake smacked a walk off sac fly in the ninth for a 4-3 win. Russell was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. James Russell struck out three over two innings for the win.

Dan Vogelbach, named Southern League Player of the Week earlier in the day, smacked his first home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 7-1, to Jackson. Vogelbach connected on the second pitch of the first inning. C.J. Edwards pitched in relief, and struck out the side in his first inning. But he was charged with four runs, none earned, on one hit and two walks over 1 2/3 innings. Frank Batista started and threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Billy McKinney and Jacob Rogers each homered in Myrtle Beach’s 7-4, 11-inning win over Salem. Tayler Scott picked up the win in relief. Jacob Hannemann, Mark Zagunis and McKinney each drove in a run in the 11th.

Ryan Williams threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in South Bend’s 3-0 win over Great Lakes. Jesse Hodges had two hits and three RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

Final #Cubs 5, Pirates 2

Kris Bryant had three hits, drove in three runs, and scored another on a crazy play to back Jake Arrieta and lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory Monday night over the Pirates. Jorge Soler had a career-high four hits. Arrieta gave up one run over seven innings, striking out seven. He now has 500 career Ks.

“We’re just playing the game with a lot of verve right now and I really enjoy watching us play,” manager Joe Maddon said.

Up next: Travis Wood faces Francisco Liriano on Tuesday at PNC Park in the second game of the four-game series. The Cubs will welcome 21-year-old infielder Addison Russell, who was expected to be called up.

Addison Russell to be promoted to #Cubs

First it was Kris Bryant. Now, Addison Russell, the Cubs’ No. 2 prospect, will join the big league team. Sources confirmed Monday night that Russell will join the Cubs in Pittsburgh and was expected to start Tuesday. Russell moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa for five games, which put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .146 (6-for-41), which is lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

“We’re just trying to give him that opportunity to play there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s game about Russell’s move from shortstop to second. “Personally, I like guys like that playing a bunch of different spots in the Minor Leagues if you can. You never know where the need will be on the Major League level.

“It’s just being more proactive as far as prepping him for a need that may be open here,” Maddon said. “You could surmise that there’s potential that he might do that but it’s not a lock. It’s just a matter of expanding his infield horizons.”

The Cubs were expected to option Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Russell, 21, who was acquired last July from the Athletics.

Bryant, the Cubs’ top prospect, was promoted on Friday to the big league team, and recorded a three-hit, three-RBI game on Monday in a 5-2 win over the Pirates.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was first to report Russell’s promotion Monday night.

— Carrie Muskat

Could Russell be on fast track to #Cubs?

Addison Russell, the Cubs’ No. 2 prospect, has moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa, part of the team’s effort to have players be more versatile and also to possibly put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .135 (5-for-37), which is lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

“We’re just trying to give him that opportunity to play there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Russell’s move from shortstop to second. “Personally, I like guys like that playing a bunch of different spots in the Minor Leagues if you can. You never know where the need will be on the Major League level.

“It’s just being more proactive as far as prepping him for a need that may be open here,” Maddon said. “You could surmise that there’s potential that he might do that but it’s not a lock. It’s just a matter of expanding his infield horizons.”

The biggest concern for any infielder making the move is to learn how to handle double plays and get a feel for what Maddon calls the “road map, the GPS.” Infielders need to know where to be on every play, and switching sides in the infield can make a difference.

Lately, the Cubs have been leaning on Jonathan Herrera at second, who has started four straight games there.

“He’s been playing pretty well,” Maddon said of Herrera. “Everybody’s always fixated on hits. I’m fixated on defense and pitching. I think the guys out there have been doing a really good job with that.”

Javier Baez, projected as the Cubs starting second baseman, has yet to play for Iowa. He is on bereavement leave to deal with the passing of his 21-year-old sister, Noely.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs lineup vs Pirates Mon 4/20

Jake Arrieta opens the Cubs’ four-game series in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Cubs need a win to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

Arrieta lost to the Reds in his last start, giving three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. All three runs Arrieta allowed vs. the Reds came in the fourth inning. He has not allowed a run in his other 12 2/3 innings this season. The Cubs have won each of Arrieta’s four career starts vs. the Pirates. He’s 3-0, 3.13 (8 ER, 23 IP) in those four starts.

* Starlin Castro is 13-29 AB (.448) with three extra-base hits lifetime vs. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.

* After an 0-for-4 debut on Friday, Kris Bryant has reached base safely in seven of his last 10 plate appearances (three hits; three walks, one HBP).

* Dexter Fowler is batting .389 (7-18 AB) with three walks and five runs scored over his last four games.

* The Cubs are one of five teams with 13 stolen bases this season, tied for the ML lead. The Pirates have struggled to control the running game, allowing 11 stolen bases (in 14 attempts), tied for second most in the Majors.

Here’s Monday’s lineup:

Fowler CF

Soler RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Arrieta P

Herrera 2B

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