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Addison Russell thinks minor league stint restored ‘the original me’

Addison Russell

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was recalled from AAA Iowa on Friday and he’s hoping to show that his time in the minors was well-spent.

Russell has hit a promising .281 at AAA this year, but the progress has not translated to the majors. The shortstop thinks his time away from the limelight enabled him to work on his hitting and restore, in his words, “the original me.”

Off-field issues have severely damaged Russell’s standing, and he was poor on the field to the point that the usually optimistic Joe Maddon singled him out for criticism after one of his worst games. The Cubs need help down the stretch run, and they’re hoping Russell can provide some.

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