Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell accepted a 40-game
01-09-2019, 03:34 AM,
Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell accepted a 40-game
CHICAGO (AP) — suspension Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ban and said MLB had completed its investigation into the accusations made by Melisa Reidy. Russell has denied the allegations Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey , which Reidy detailed in a blog post in September.Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements, and he will not appeal the suspension. He will also participate in an evaluation and treatment program.Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he’s not sure what the odds are of Russell playing another game for the Cubs.“Domestic violence is everyone’s problem,” he said. “Because of that, we all have an obligation to be part of the solution as well. The discipline in a case like this is part of the solution going forward and so we support Major League Baseball’s decision and we think it’s appropriate. But prevention is also a big part of the solution and maybe a more important solution.”The Cubs’ season ended Tuesday with a 2-1, 13-inning defeat to the Colorado Rockies in the NL wild-card game. Russell was not active for the game.MLB has said it began an investigation last year after allegations against Russell first became public.Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account last year with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user described by Reidy as a close friend claimed Russell had “hit” his wife. The post was later deleted. Reidy declined to talk to MLB at the time because she decided it was not in her family’s best interests, her attorney, Thomas Field, said last year. But MLB kept the case open.Reidy published a blog post in September describing more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. Less than 12 hours later, MLB announced Russell had been put on leave under MLB’s domestic violence policy.“The physical stuff wasn’t like every day or every month,” Reidy told Chicago’s WGN-TV in an interview that aired Wednesday night. “Fights started getting worse. He broke my phone in half with his hands.”WGN reported that Reidy provided texts and pictures to MLB for its investigation. Reidy said she wrote the blog post because she felt the time was right. She said she wanted to support other women in similar situations and wasn’t thinking about baseball and how it would impact the Cubs.“I know how hard it is to go through something like that,” she said. “And I know how hard it is to feel trapped and alone and distant.”She said some Cubs’ wives knew “bits and pieces” of what she was experiencing but not the whole story.Epstein, meanwhile Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , said he’s wondering if there’s anything more the organization can do to support players and their families.“The part I do question myself on in general as a sports team is what is the absolute best structure that you can have for your players, for their spouses and for their families so that this never happens?” Epstein said. “I know we have a wonderful family program and we have wonderful people working for support. We try to stay as engaged as possible with the families. But clearly, because this happened, we should all be asking, ‘Can we do more?'”Epstein said it’s the Cubs’ “obligation” to give both Reidy and Russell the support they need. He also said the organization needs to see if there’s more it can do to support players and families and make sure a similar situation does not come up in the future.The Cubs have been willing to employ players following suspensions under the domestic violence policy before. All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman served a 30-game ban with the Yankees in 2016 before Chicago acquired him midseason and utilized him to end a 106-year World Series title drought.Chicago acquired Russell in a July 2014 trade with Oakland. He helped the Cubs win the World Series two years ago, batting .238 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs in 151 games.Russell hit .250 with five homers and 38 RBIs in 130 games this season.“I think we have to understand that with all of our words and actions going forward, whether we know it or not, we’re sending messages to our fans who all have their own unique backgrounds and histories and sensitivities and perspectives, and that’s important,” Epstein said. “I honestly, personally, think the most important thing going forward is to be part of the solution and making this a better place.” WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs got nearly everything they wanted out of their day trip to Washington to face the Nationals, and Javier Baez was in the middle of nearly all of it.Reliever Pedro Strop’s hamstring injury while running the bases was a notable exception.Baez delivered the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 10th inning as Chicago beat Washington 4-3 in a makeup of a game postponed earlier in the week. Baez, an MVP candidate, also homered and drove in three runs. He has 31 homers and leads the NL with 103 RBIs.Chicago stretched its lead in the NL Central to 1½ games over idle Milwaukee. Washington fell 8½ games behind Atlanta in the NL East.“I think that got us right back on track Authentic Jared Goff Jersey ,” Baez said. “Everybody’s hitting the ball really good. I think we’re going to take off soon.”Strop (6-1), who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, was set to pitch the 10th after the Cubs took the lead and was allowed to bat with the bases loaded and one out. In his second at-bat of the season, he hit a sharp double-play grounder to third and pulled up while running to first.Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Strop would undergo an MRI and was unlikely to be available Friday.“Everything that happened in that game, how hard we fought to win that game? Exhilarating,” Maddon said. “But losing him at that point, possibly or probably for a bit, takes a little bit of the exultation out of it. It’s tough. It was tough to watch him pull up.”Strop has served as Chicago’s closer since Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list on July 18. He is 11 of 13 in save situations in that span and has 13 saves on the season. Strop, who lowered his ERA to 2.26, had held hitters to a .180 average entering Thursday.Kris Bryant doubled with one out in the 10th against Sean Doolittle (3-3) and moved to third on ex-National Daniel Murphy’s infield single. Baez bunted just to the right of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman to score Bryant, who did not anticipate Baez’s choice.“No, which is probably why it worked,” Bryant said. “Zimmerman probably wasn’t expecting it either. I didn’t know if he was going to catch it or not. Thankfully, he didn’t because I probably was too far off the bag. We needed something to fall our way and that was certainly the play that did.”Also caught off-guard was Doolittle, who pitched a scoreless ninth before returning for the 10th.“If you had told me that I was going to get beat by Javy in extra innings Jared Goff Jersey Elite , I would not have thought it would be on a bunt,” Doolittle said. “But that’s what makes him dangerous is he can beat you a number of different ways. And he put it just out of the reach of Zim. I saw it go up off his bat and I thought we had a chance to catch it, but it was just far enough over.”Randy Rosario worked a perfect 10th for his first career save.The game was a makeup of Sunday’s rainout. Washington returned home between stops in Philadelphia and Atlanta, while Chicago wedged the game in between a pair of three-game series at home. Thursday was the last remaining mutual off day for the teams, and the Cubs arrived at their hotel rooms around 4 a.m. — 12 hours before the first pitch. First baseman Anthony Rizzo boarded the flight to Washington in full uniform.Washington took the lead on Spencer Kieboom’s solo homer in the third. However, the Cubs got to Nationals starter Joe Ross in the fourth, with Baez delivering an RBI double and then scoring a batter later on Victor Caratini’s single. The Nationals tied it on Victor Robles‘ sacrifice fly in the fifth.Baez’s opposite-field homer into the Nationals’ bullpen in the sixth gave Chicago a 3-2 lead. An inning later, Trea Turner capped an 11-pitch plate appearance with an RBI double to score Robles.Ross faced major league hitters for the second time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2017, allowing two runs, four hits and two walks in five innings. Rain wiped out his first start in the second inning last Friday.Mike Montgomery allowed two runs on three hits in four innings for the Cubs, who used eight relievers.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: OF Kyle Schwarber and the team’s starting pitchers remained in Chicago during the trip to Washington.UP NEXTCubs: Chicago heads back to Wrigley Field to open a three-game series against Cincinnati as LHP Cole Hamels (9-9, 3.71 ERA) gets the ball. Hamels is 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA since his acquisition from Texas.Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (17-6, 2.31) starts the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta. The three-time Cy Young winner is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 27 innings this season against the Braves.
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