Addison Russell rejoined the Cubs 5½ weeks ago, but the power he displayed during the 2016-17 seasons remains missing.
“I feel like everything is fine,” said Russell, who rejoined the Cubs on May 8 after serving a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. “My body is fine. I’m just getting more acclimated in the box. I had that stint where I missed a couple games as well.
“I just have to get more comfortable in the box and just go from there.”
The recent surge of David Bote has given manager Joe Maddon an attractive option at second base while Russell catches up and Daniel Descalso tries to break out of a one-month slump with diminished playing time.
During the Cubs’ 2016 World Series season, Russell had 49 extra-base hits, including a career-high 21 home runs in only his second major-league season. His extra-base totals have dipped steadily since, although he missed a large chunk of the 2017 season because of a foot injury.
Russell’s last extra-base hit was a home run on May 28 in Houston, and he has only five extra-base hits in 81 at-bats this season. Russell missed six consecutive starts earlier this month after he injured his right hand sliding. He is 2-for-14 since returning but insists he’s fine despite his batting average dropping from .254 to .235.