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MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs CHICAGO -- Emilio Bonifacio entered the Wrigley Field clubhouse on Thursday with bags packed but no clue if he was going on a Chicago Cubs road trip or to a new destination via trade.

The 29-year-old infielder found out a few hours later he was Atlanta-bound as the Cubs executed a trade that also sent left-handed reliever James Russell to the Braves in exchange minor league catching prospect Victor Caratini.

Trade rumors and potential destinations for the versatile switch hitting infielder circulated all week.

Bonifacio, who sat out Wednesday and Thursday games, was ready for anything according to manager Rick Renteria.

"He's doing the best that he can under the circumstances," Renteria said prior to Thursday's series finale with the Rockies at Wrigley Field. "Obviously there might be some things shaking out."

Bonifacio was was batting .279 with 77 hits in 69 games. He frequently played in the leadoff spot and had a team-high 14 stolen bases. Russell (0-2, one save) had a 3.51 ERA in 44 appearances for the Cubs. He had struck out 26 and walked 16 in 33 1/3 innings of work and had spent the past five seasons in Chicago.

Caratini has spent the entire 2014 season with Class A Rome, where he was hitting .279 with five home runs and 42 RBIs in 87 games.

----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - Chicago Cubs RECORD: 45-62

STREAK: Won one

NEXT: Cubs (RHP Kyle Hendricks, 1-1, 2.33 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Dan Haren, 8-8, 4.49 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Jake Arrieta didn't have his full repertoire on Thursday but his mix of pitches was more than enough in his 10th straight quality start. Arrieta (6-2) allowed just three hits in seven innings for his first victory in five starts as the Cubs beat the Rockies 3-1 in the finale of a four-game series. "Going in, I felt a little off," he said. "I really didn't feel I had a lot of life on my fastball today but I was able to come out with a good mix of off speed pitches for strikes below the zone for swings, mixing some change ups and the cutter was pretty good today." He broke out of a four-game slump that included a loss and three no-decisions. He worked seven innings and allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out seven.

--RHP Neil Ramirez was expected to work at the Cubs' Class A Daytona affiliate as he recovers from triceps soreness. He went on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Ramirez (1-1, 0.96 ERA, 3 saves) has appeared in 33 games and allowed three runs on 16 hits while walking 10 and striking out 36.

--3B Luis Valbuena had hit safely in eight of his last 11 games and homered in three of his last eight entering Thursday. His .335 on-base percentage was 83 points higher than his .252 batting average. "He's really had a good season against both lefties and righties," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "He's always known as a guy who can give you a good at-bat. He's pretty calm in the box for us. Nothing really rattles him." Valbuena went 0-for-3 on Thursday but had an RBI when he grounded into a sixth inning fielder's choice that scored first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

--RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 2.33 ERA) makes his fourth career big league start on Friday as the Cubs open a three-game weekend series at the Dodgers. He was Cubs minor league pitcher of the year in 2013 after going 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA. Hendricks has recorded quality starts in his last two outings after returning to the Cubs from Triple-A Iowa on July 22.

--LF Chris Coghlan went 2-for-3 as he pulled two singles to the right side of the field. He's hitting .355 in his last 27 games dating back to June 28 and has a .421 on-base percentage in that span.

--INF Emilio Bonifacio was traded, along with LHP James Russell and cash, to the Atlanta Braves for minor league C Victor Caratini on Thursday. Bonifacio was batting .279 with 77 hits in 69 games. He frequently played in the leadoff spot and had a team-high 14 stolen bases.

--LHP James Russell was traded, along with INF Emilio Bonifacio and cash, to the Atlanta Braves for minor league C Victor Caratini on Thursday. Russell (0-2, one save) had a 3.51 ERA in 44 appearances for the Cubs. He had struck out 26 and walked 16 in 33 1/3 innings of work and had spent the past five seasons in Chicago.