Addison Russell Called Up by Cubs After Domestic Violence Suspension

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 8, 2019

Iowa Cubs shortstop Addison Russell walks in the dugout before a Triple-A baseball game against the Nashville Sounds, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Russell played in his first game of the season Wednesday for Iowa as he prepares to return to the Chicago Cubs following his domestic violence suspension. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Less than one week after his 40-game domestic violence suspension ended, Addison Russell has rejoined the Chicago Cubs.

The team announced Russell will bat eighth and play second base Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.

NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan first reported Russell would be called up.

Russell was eligible to return May 3, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters the team wanted to give him playing time in the minors to get ready:

"We want to make sure he's ready when the time comes, and he hasn't had the benefit of a real spring training yet, so we thought more games, more at-bats would benefit him and us. When the time comes, we'll make that move. There's not a real urgent need for him right now. I think we're better off letting him continue to go through a spring training."

MLB announced a 40-game suspension for Russell last October, retroactive to Sept. 21, under the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Melisa Reidy, Russell's ex-wife, wrote a blog post Sept. 19 accusing him of physical and emotional abuse throughout their relationship.

Reidy subsequently talked to MLB investigators about the accusations before Russell was suspended. The couple finalized their divorce in August 2018.

The Cubs tendered Russell a contract for the 2019 season. The 25-year-old hasn't appeared in an MLB game since Sept. 19, 2018.

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