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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up

All Joe Maddon wanted to do with Addison Russell was get the shortstop an at-bat in the eighth inning on Saturday. Russell was activated from the disabled list before the game after being sidelined since August 3rd with a strained right foot. Russell really made the most of it. Russell received a standing ovation when he led off the eighth, and gave the crowd more reason to cheer when he hit a Statcast-projected 437-foot home run to help secure the Cubs’ 4-1 win over the Cardinals. “It was a pretty special moment in my life,” Russell said. “Walking up to the plate, I couldn’t help but smile inside. I felt like it was pretty fun.” He even got a curtain call. “Sometimes I surprise myself,” Russell said. “I’ve been definitely working hard. I’ve been trying to prepare myself for the moment that just happened. I keep working and getting mentally and physically game-ready. I’ll be fine.”

Jake Arrieta says he’ll start on Thursday against the Brewers. Arrieta, who had to leave his last start on September 4th because of a strained right hamstring, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and pronounced himself ready to go. Cubs athletic trainer PJ Mainville wanted to make sure Arrieta felt OK on Wednesday, at which point the team announced Arrieta would be good to go. The veteran right-hander can possibly make three more starts in the regular season, including the finale at Wrigley Field on October 1st against the Reds. Arrieta, who has missed two turns in the rotation, is 7-3 with a 2.01 ERA since the start of July and was holding opponents to a .191 batting average during that stretch.

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