DETROIT – The Chicago Cubs added the beleaguered shortstop Addison Russell to the disabled list on Wednesday to make room for newly-acquired second baseman Daniel Murphy.
Russell has been fighting for weeks with shoulder, hand and leg problems, a gagging ankle bruising on his left hand.
"I'm a football player, I tend to play through the pain," Russell said Wednesday afternoon. "I want to be out in the field, feeling like I'm part of it, I'm just playing through the pain, that's what I'm used to, but if things go on longer than expected, I know a little bit Show more attention. "
Russell was fine on the defensive but the injuries have limited him to the plate: his OPS since June 1
Meanwhile, Murphy beat second base in his debut on Wednesday
As their offensive breaks out, the leaders of the NL Central turn to a hitter who has rushed Wrigley. How much does Murphy help and who sits there to get his bat in the lineup?
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19659010] "I'll come in here and try to compete as if my hair were burning," Murphy said before the game.
He took his first hit as Cub in the fifth inning against the Tigers and drove in a run. He finished the night 2-for-5 with a run scored in Chicago's 8-2 win.
"I love the guy, I mean, baseball rat, just like us," said Cubs infielder David Bote a bit there in the ninth inning, somehow you just scratch on the surface of the beating and approach and what he has , I am so excited that he is with us.
Murphy was a notorious Cubs killer while at the New York Mets and Nationals, a career .413 Hitter at Wrigley Field.
"The tag games can help," he said see the ball a bit better during the day. I'll be rewarded more in the gaps [at Wrigley]. "
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he'll play Murphy as much as possible at the head of the lineup, then get
" Murphy was a hated character at Wrigley Field after hitting the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series with a .529 score.
"They won a championship next year, so I do not know how much they've thought about [the] 2015 postseason since then," Murphy said smiling. "I'll just quit.
" I said [Maddon] I should use it the way he thinks fit. It's about winning a championship.
Murphy arrives with some luggage: In 2015, he made comments to Billy Bean, the ambassador of baseball, and said he disagreed with Bean's gay "lifestyle"
Murphy's The Cubs hosted their Pride Night during Murphy's debut home series The team said it named Bean how to acquire Murphy Daniel had begun a friendship since  Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. "It was documented, we wanted to get his impression of it [Bean] was really positive and said he thought [Murphy] and the organization would benefit from his presence." It was important to us to make the call. "
Murphy is the most hopeful man in Chicago that fans forgot a few years back.
"They were rather muted after this experience from 2016 [winning the World Series]," he joked. "It was interesting to come in the regular season 2016. They were not super muffled, so I'm looking forward to putting on the blue uniform."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.