Earlier, we learned that Major League Baseball is investigating Cubs shortstop Addison Russell over allegations that he was physically abusive towards his wife. Both the Cubs and Russell issued public statements on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cubs’ statement, via Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic:
Last night, we were made aware of a serious claim posted on social media about Addison Russell. We reached out to Major League Baseball and, following the protocol established by MLB, will fully cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office as it gathers pertinent facts. Addison will not be in uniform tonight to allow him to work through this matter.
Russell’s statement, also via Sharma:
Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful. For the well-being of my family, I have no further comment.
Javier Baez is batting seventh and playing shortstop in Russell’s place for Thursday night’s game against the Rockies.