Russell spent the month of August 2007 with the Phillies after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians for cash. He appeared in 7 games with the Phils, hitting a few key home runs during the 2007 stretch drive. Upon Chase Utley's activation from the DL in late August, Russell was the odd man out, and he was designated for assignment. A few days later, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. (It must be much later, since I can't find if a player was ever actually named).