James Russell (arm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday in Cubs camp.
James Russell has yet to appear in a Cactus League game this spring because of arm fatigue.
Cubs avoided arbitration with LHP James Russell by agreeing to a one-year, $1.77 million contract.
Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs nearly traded James Russell to the Braves last week.
James Russell gave up a three-run homer after taking over in the eighth inning to take a blown save and a loss Tuesday against the A's.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that teams have asked the Cubs about James Russell, but they are not inclined to trade him.
James Russell has emerged as one of the Cubs' few bright spots in 2013, checking in with a 1.04 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 23 appearances.
Cubs and RHP James Russell avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.
James Russell got two outs against the Padres on Tuesday for his first career save.
With Rafael Dolis demoted from the Cubs' closer role, the team is expected to use a combination of James Russell and Shawn Camp in the ninth inning.
James Russell has yet to see a save opportunity since Carlos Marmol was removed from the closer role.
James Russell has been bumped from the starting rotation to the bullpen.
James Russell gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Dodgers.
The Cubs hope not using James Russell out of the bullpen in between starts will result in a better outing Tuesday.