Berry earns spot on Cubs' NLCS roster

Speedy outfielder replaces injured shortstop Russell

Berry earns spot on Cubs' NLCS roster

NEW YORK -- The Cubs added speedy outfielder Quintin Berry to their roster for the National League Championship Series in advance of Game 1 Saturday against the Mets (7:30 p.m. ET on TBS).

Berry replaces rookie shortstop Addison Russell, who is sidelined with a moderate strain of his left hamstring after suffering the injury in Game 3 of the NL Division Series. The Cubs did not want Russell to risk re-aggravating his leg if he tried to hurry his rehab in time for the NLCS. Javier Baez, who was on the NL Wild Card and NLDS rosters, will start at shortstop in place of Russell.

Game Date Matchup
Gm 1 Oct. 17 NYM 4, CHC 2
Gm 2 Oct. 18 NYM 4, CHC 1
Gm 3 Oct. 20 NYM 5, CHC 2
Gm 4 Oct. 21 NYM 8, CHC 3

The Cubs signed Berry to a Minor League contract on Aug. 24, and he joined the team in September, appearing in eight games. A left-handed hitter, he was caught stealing for the first time in his career Sept. 20 by the Cardinals. Berry has played for the Tigers, Red Sox and Orioles, and he has playoff experience -- getting to the World Series in 2012 with Detroit and again in '13 with Boston.

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The Cubs pitching staff stays the same as it has through the postseason with starters Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel, and relievers Clayton Richard, Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Trevor Cahill, Fernando Rodney and closer Hector Rondon.

Kyle Hendricks
Clayton Richard
Jon Lester
ravis Wood
Jason Hammel
Pedro Strop
Jake Arrieta
Justin Grimm
Trevor Cahill
Hector Rondon
Fernando Rodney

David Ross
Quintin Berry
Chris Coghlan
Javier Baez
Tommy La Stella
Kyle Schwarber
Starlin Castro
Chris Denorfia
Kris Bryant
Dexter Fowler
Austin Jackson
Anthony Rizzo
Miguel Montero
Jorge Soler

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.