Willson Contreras and Addison Russell are both making progress from their injuries while Jake Arrieta (hamstring) continues to rest.
Out with a strained right hamstring since Aug. 9, Contreras is set to serve as the designated hitter in his second and final game on Friday with Class-A Myrtle Beach. The Cubs catcher went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Thursday.
After Friday's game though, the Cubs will have to find a new way for Contreras to keep his rehab assignment going, since the Pelicans' season ends. Contreras will fly back to Chicago on Saturday and be evaluated, according to the Cubs.
As for Addison Russell, the Cubs shortstop "pain-free" and doing light jogging. Russell was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 3 with a strained right foot and plantar fasciitis but re-aggravated his foot on Aug. 31.
When Russell is ready to rehab, the Cubs are anticipating a simulated game with all minor league teams finished with their season.
"You just try to be creative with him and watch him ask him questions and how you feel and that kind of stuff," said manager Joe Maddon. "It’s difficult, but then again we did it with (Kyle) Schwarber last year. Although I guess he did participate a little bit out west so you just have to be imaginative and get it done somehow. The big thing is health and then you just watch him."
The timeline hasn't changed for Russell, who is one week into his three-week recovery period. The Cubs haven't made any decisions on whether or not the 23-year-old can come back early, given that he is pain-free.
"I haven’t talked to the trainers about that at all actually," Maddon said. "But we’ve been shooting for that moment where he’s said something like that and he said it, so that’s good. But I’ll wait to hear from (Cubs athletic trainer PJ Mainville) but we have no accelerated anything as of right now."