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James Russell | Relief Pitcher | #40

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Navarro (TX) JC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 14 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Indians signed LHP James Russell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Russell has really struggled with his chances in the majors the last two seasons, holding a 6.81 ERA over 56 relief appearances. The 31-year-old isn't a good bet to make the Opening Day roster. Feb 13 - 4:17 PM

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Phillies sent LHP James Russell outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Russell cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He'll stick around as organizational depth for the Phillies.
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 01:29:00 PM

Phillies designated LHP James Russell for assignment.

Russell had allowed nine earned runs in 4 1/3 innings this season out of the Philadelphia bullpen. He will be replaced Wednesday by righty Andrew Bailey.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 03:40:00 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of LHP James Russell from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Russell landed one of the Phillies' last bullpen spots, beating out veterans Andrew Bailey and Ernesto Frieri. The left-hander recorded a stellar 2.70 ERA over seven outings this spring. He'll be used in middle relief.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Phillies signed LHP James Russell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Russell posted a rough 5.29 ERA in 49 relief appearances this past season for the Cubs. He'll try to reestablish himself next spring in Phillies camp with the hope of landing a spot in the bullpen for Opening Day. Signing a minor league deal this early probably means Russell was given some assurances from the Philadelphia front office. The 29-year-old left-hander was very effective for the Cubs and Braves in 2014.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Cubs sent RHP James Russell outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Russell has had a miserable season, compiling a 5.29 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 34 innings. He'll continue to provide bullpen depth at Triple-A and could get another chance with the big league club before the regular season ends.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 07:46:00 PM

Cubs designated LHP James Russell for assignment.

Russell was sporting a rough 5.29 ERA through 49 relief appearances this season for the Cubs. He was a casualty of Tuesday's initial round of September callups.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:53:00 PM

Cubs recalled LHP James Russell from Triple-A Iowa.

The team signed Russell to a minor league contract on April 8. He'll provide them with some necessary, proven bullpen depth. Last season, he posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings between the Cubs and the Braves.
Tue, May 5, 2015 07:55:00 PM

Cubs signed LHP James Russell to a minor league contract.

Russell, of course, has spent all but half of a season of his career with the Cubs and was released by the Braves last month in a cost-cutting move. He'll report to extended spring training initially before eventually going to Triple-A Iowa. Russell stands a good chance of spending a good portion of 2015 with the big club.
Wed, Apr 8, 2015 12:26:00 PM

Braves released LHP James Russell.

By releasing him now, the Braves will only have to pay Russell $606,000 of the $2.425 million he's owed. Still, it's a surprising decision given how steady the southpaw has been the last few seasons. Russell posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings while pitching out of the bullpen for the Cubs and Braves. The 29-year-old will catch on elsewhere in short order.
Sun, Mar 29, 2015 09:04:00 AM

James Russell (toe) felt good after throwing 30 pitches of live-action batting practice on Tuesday.

Russell has been struggling with turf toe, but is expected to make his spring debut some time this week. Russell is hopeful that he will be able to start for the Braves. Last season, he posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings while pitching out of the bullpen for the Cubs and Braves.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 08:56:00 AM

Braves and LHP James Russell avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.425 million contract.

Russell was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter and gets a decent raise from the $1.77 million he made in 2014. The 28-year-old posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings between the Cubs and Braves last season.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Braves acquired LHP James Russell and INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from the Cubs for C Victor Caratini.

Russell, 28, has posted a 3.51 ERA and 26/16 K/BB ratio over 33 1/3 innings this season. Oddly, he's been better against right-handed batters than left-handed hitters this year, though his career numbers say otherwise. Still, he should be a useful addition to Atlanta's bullpen.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 05:16:00 PM

James Russell picked up his first save of the year with a perfect 13th against the Marlins on Monday.

The Cubs weren't going to use Neil Ramirez tonight after his saves Saturday and Sunday and they had already run through Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop, so Russell got his first save since 2012. He's been very effective of late, turning in 13 straight appearances without allowing an earned run. He's not really a candidate for additional saves, though.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 12:58:00 AM

James Russell (arm) threw an inning Wednesday in his Cactus League debut.

Russell gave up a home run to Mariners shortstop Brad Miller but was otherwise pleased with the performance. He had been battling a case of arm fatigue. "The arm is good," the left-hander told reporters Wednesday night. "One mistake. Made some good pitches. Felt great."
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 09:09:00 AM

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