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Maddon weighing options with Russell back

Murphy acquisition, Heyward injury shakes up Cubs' lineup
September 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- Addison Russell, who was activated from the disabled list on Saturday, did not start on Sunday either, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he'll likely get the shortstop in the lineup on Monday against the Brewers. Javier Baez has been filling in at shortstop and Daniel Murphy has

PHILADELPHIA -- Addison Russell, who was activated from the disabled list on Saturday, did not start on Sunday either, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he'll likely get the shortstop in the lineup on Monday against the Brewers. Javier Baez has been filling in at shortstop and Daniel Murphy has taken over at second base. When Russell returns, where does Baez play?
One of the Cubs' options is to start Baez at third base and have Kristopher Bryant in the outfield. The Cubs need to fill in right field while Jason Heyward is sidelined with a sore right hamstring.
"There's so many potentially moving parts that I'm trying to get guys out there and make sure they get their at-bats," Maddon said. "It's a nice problem trying to set up the lineup every day. You feel you have a solid team on the field and a great bench, and you're still making sure everybody gets opportunities that when you ask them to do well, they can."
Even though Murphy has provided a spark to the Cubs' offense, Maddon said he wants to be careful with the veteran because he is coming off knee surgery earlier this year.
Worth noting
Tyler Chatwood gave up five runs on five walks and two hits over 2 1/3 innings in a rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa against Round Rock. Chatwood, who has been sidelined with left hip tightness, struck out one.
Brian Duensing pitched in relief and gave up one run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings, striking out one. He's been out since Aug. 3 with left shoulder inflammation.
The Cubs are hoping both pitchers can contribute in the final month to help them secure their spot in the postseason.
• Maddon's 85-year-old mother, Beanie, made the trip on Sunday to Philadelphia from her home in Hazleton, Pa. She even brought some Senape's pizza and hoagies.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.