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Major League Baseball suspends Addison Russell 40 games

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Major League Baseball has announced that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games without pay for alleged domestic abuse. The suspension is retroactive to September 21 and will carry over into the first 29 games of the 2019 regular season. Russell is not appealing his punishment.

Russell, 24, was accused of domestic abuse — physical, mental, and emotional — by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy-Russell, who published details in a blog entry two weeks ago. Russell had previously been accused of abuse against Melisa by her friend in the comments of an Instagram post last year in which Melisa accused Russell of cheating on her. Major League Baseball opened an investigation but it didn’t go anywhere as Melisa refused to cooperate. MLB never closed its investigation and picked it back up following Melisa’s blog publishing.

Russell is the 11th player suspended since MLB and the MLB Players Association announced the creation of a domestic violence policy in August 2015. Astros closer Roberto Osuna accepted a 75-game suspension earlier this season, so Russell seems to have gotten off light in comparison.

Javier Báez handled shortstop through the end of the regular season once Russell was placed on administrative leave. That figures to be the case for the start of next season as well. That is, if the Cubs decide to welcome Russell back when his suspension is over. Many in the know believe that Russell’s time with the Cubs is over.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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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.