Addison Russell won't rejoin Cubs at end of 40-game suspension | News Coverage from USA

Addison Russell won’t rejoin Cubs at end of 40-game suspension

Shortstop Addison Russell will not rejoin the Chicago Cubs on Friday when his 40-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy ends.

Instead, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters Tuesday that the club plans to option Russell to Class AAA Iowa, where he’s been since last week working his way back into game shape.

Russell was suspended last season after his ex-wife accused him of domestic violence in a detailed blog post published in September. He served part of his suspension at the end of last season, but it carried over to include the first 28 games of this season.

Epstein said Russell will play both second base and shortstop in the minors, where he’s expected to remain for a couple more weeks. 

Russell hit .250 last season with a career-low five home runs and 38 RBI in 130 games. Entering Tuesday’s action, he’s had 26 plate appearances in six games at Iowa, hitting .250/.423/.500 with a homer and seven RBI.

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