Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago after his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy-Russell, published a blog detailing years of physical, mental, and emotional abuse. His administrative leave was extended through the end of the regular season. MLB’s investigation, which was never closed after allegations were initially made last year, includes more than Reidy-Russell’s blog.
Manager Joe Maddon said he hasn’t received any updates from Major League Baseball about Russell’s status, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports. Cubs officials are anticipating not getting him back this year.
Javier Báez is handling shortstop in Tuesday night’s NL Wild Card game against the Rockies. That figures to be the case if the Cubs were to advance further in the postseason. MLB should provide clarification on Russell’s status. It seems probable that Russell is facing a suspension, which would make him ineligible to participate in the postseason and would likely carry over into the beginning of the 2019 regular season as well.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.