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NL Central update: Addison Russell, Elian Herrera, Mitch Harris

The Cubs have called up another prized prospect while the Brewers have called up an outfielder and the Cardinals a pitcher.

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After last week's Kris Bryant-palooza, the Cubs have called up another of their prized prospects in infielder Addison Russell. To make room for Russell, the Cubs optioned infielder Arismendy Alcantara, the team announced:

Russell came to Chicago last season as the centerpiece in the Jeff Samardzija blockbuster, and has played shortstop most of his career at shortstop, though he will play for the Cubs at second base while Starlin Castro remains at short. You can read more on Russell's call up here.

NL Central News & Notes 4/21:

  • What The Cubs Can Expect From Addison Russell - Bleed Cubbie Blue
    "For the organization, this move indicates that the Cubs are going for it all this season without (so far) sacrificing any of the future. The next "waves" in the minor league system are Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora, and if Theo Epstein and company think either one of them can help the team win later this season, they'll be here."

  • The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled utility man Elian Herrera from Triple-A Colorado Springs, designating pitcher Brandon Kintzler for assignment, the team announced today. Herrera hit .274/.288/.341 in 140 plate appearances and 69 games for the Brewers last season and provides coverage in several areas for a Milwaukee team that has been hit hard by injuries. Here is more from Brew Crew Ball.
  • St. Louis, meanwhile, is going the opposite direction, calling up reliever and Naval Academy graduate Mitch Harris as the team embarks on a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, reports's Jenifer Langosch. The addition of Harris gives the Cardinals eight relievers on their roster  for the heavy stretch of games, and Harris would be the first Navy graduate to pitch in the majors since 1921.

NL Central standings 4/21:

Central W L PCT GB
St. Louis 8 3 0.727 -
Chi Cubs 7 5 0.583 1.5
Cincinnati 6 7 0.462 3
Pittsburgh 6 7 0.462 3
Milwaukee 2 11 0.154 7