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Addison Russell called up from Triple-A; Zobrist taking a leave of absence

Addison Russell called up from Triple-A; Zobrist taking a leave of absence

Addison Russell is coming back to Chicago and will be in a Cubs uniform Wednesday night.

The Cubs made a roster move Wednesday afternoon, announcing that veteran infielder Ben Zobrist twill take a leave of absence and they'll be calling up Russell in his place.

It was first reported by NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan

Russell was suspended 40 games by Major League Baseball last September for domestic abuse and that suspension concluded last week. 

The Cubs optioned the embattled infielder to Triple-A Iowa last week to get more work and continue to get his timing and rhythm back on the field after missing so much game action. Russell also worked out at second base and could represent depth on the infield at either position.

He was immediately inserted into the starting lineup, hitting eighth and playing second base Wednesday night.

While Russell has been suspended, Javy Baez has taken the starting shortstop gig and flourished. And so far this season, Descalso has been the Cubs' primary second baseman, seeing more time there than David Bote or Ben Zobrist.

The team also announced they were putting Pedro Strop on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to May 7). In his place, they activated Mike Montgomery. 

The Cubs have 5 games left on their 10-game homestand.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs convention will feel different this year

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs convention will feel different this year

Jeff Nelson, Tim Stebbins, and Tony Andracki fill in for host David Kaplan as they discuss how different this year's Cubs convention will be compared to previous years and how awkward it will be for Kris Bryant and other players who could be traded before the season. They also get into baseball's cheating issue, and Tony Andracki makes a huge announcement.

(1:08) - Different feel at Cubs Con

(3:10) - Cubs putting Kris Bryant in an awkward spot

(4:44) - Anthony Rizzo says he might not be a Cub long term

(6:33) - How will Cubs fans show displeasure at Cubs Con

(10:24) - What will it take for Sammy Sosa to be accepted by the Cubs

(13:54) - Baseball's cheating scandal is spreading

(20:07) - Tony Andracki's BIG announcement

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: