Russell recalls 'whirlwind' year after megadeal

Infielder thankful to be part of Cubs on anniversary of blockbuster with A's

Russell recalls 'whirlwind' year after megadeal

CHICAGO -- The Fourth of July means more than fireworks for rookie Addison Russell. This year, the date marks the one-year anniversary of when the infielder was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs.

Russell, 21, posted on Twitter: "Happy 4th to everyone out there! July 4th is also the day @billy_mckinney and I became Cubbies #WeAreGood #missyabud"

Russell, Billy McKinney and pitcher Dan Straily were dealt to Chicago in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Hammel now is back in the Cubs' rotation, and he posted on Twitter: "On this date, 1 yr ago, I was on a plane leaving the @Cubs. Told Theo I'd b back. Wasn't lying. Thx 4 bringin me back Cubbies! #Happy4thJuly." McKinney is playing for the Cubs' Double-A Tennessee team.

A year ago, Russell was playing shortstop for Double-A Midland and got the news late at night. He flew with the team to Birmingham, Ala., then joined the Tennessee team.

"It's been a whirlwind," Russell said of the past 365 days. "This time last year, I was getting traded at night, and I didn't know what to expect the next day. A year later, I'm here in the bigs and playing second base. It's all just a whirlwind."

Extra bases

• The Cubs selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard (Saturday's starter) and catcher Taylor Teagarden from Triple-A Iowa before Saturday's game against the Marlins. Catcher David Ross was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, and right-handed pitcher Donn Roach was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Tommy La Stella (right oblique strain) was transferred to the 60-day DL and right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment.

Roach, 25, made one start for the Cubs, June 27, and gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings against the Cardinals. He is 7-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 14 starts with Iowa this season. Germen, 27, was 5-1 with four saves and a 3.78 ERA in 24 outings with Iowa.

• Maddon was able to attend Friday's Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field, the first time he's seen the band perform live.

"It was a pretty impressive evening and pretty inspirational, too, to be over 60, as they all are pretty much, and to have that kind of energy and play that long; they were really good," Maddon said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.