Cubs call up INF Russell, demote OF Almora

Field Level Media

August 17, 2019 at 3:39 pm.

The Chicago Cubs recalled infielder Addison Russell and demoted outfielder Albert Almora Jr. to Triple-A Iowa.

Almora, 25, is batting .243 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 114 games this season. He is hitting just .214 this season against left-handers and has one home run since July 27.

The moves happened Friday afternoon and Russell wound up replacing Tony Kemp at second base in the bottom of the eighth inning in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He did not get to bat.

Russell, 25, batted .281 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 27 games at Iowa. He was batting .333 with four home runs and 13 RBis during his just concluded 15-game stint with the team.

The former All-Star and first-round draft pick began the season on the suspended list for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic abuse policy.

Russell was with the Cubs from May 8 to July 24, batting .247 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 56 games.