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.
The Cubs are leaning towards giving James Russell one more start Tuesday.
James Russell hasn't been ruled out to make Tuesday's start.
Cubs manager Mike Quade hasn't decided whether left-hander James Russell will start Tuesday against the Rockies.
James Russell was ineffective as the Cubs dropped the second game of a double-header to the Padres on Wednesday, allowing seven hits and four runs in just four innings.
Tuesday's game between the Padres and Cubs was rained out.
Cubs manager Mike Quade said James Russell will be limited to 65-75 pitches in his start Tuesday.
James Russell will start Tuesday against the Padres.