After being told by the team to spend Thursday away from Wrigley Field to deal with domestic abuse allegations, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell returned to the ballpark on Friday.
Russell was accused of “mental and physical” abuse against his wife, Melisa, by someone claiming to be a family friend in an Instagram posting on a now-removed account. Melisa’s close friend went one step further, commenting Russell had “mentally and physically” abused his wife. sparking an Major League Baseball investigation, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Melisa Russell’s revelations on Instagram came around the same time Chicago Cubs were playing the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
But unlike Russell, Chapman had already served his punishment.
The league instituted a Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy in August 2015 and any potential punishments handed out by MLB are done on a case-by-case basis.
There has been no indication Major League Baseball’s investigation into the matter has concluded, but for now, the Cubs and Russell will try to get back to business as usual.
Addison Russell said in a statement that the allegations were “false and hurtful” before offering no further comment.
“I felt sad, man”, said Russell, who watched the game on television.
“Right now this is an allegation, by a third party, on social media – a serious allegation”, he said.
The news about Russell surprised teammates, some saying they were reserving judgment until the issue is resolved. “This is what I love”.
Houston hopes to learn more about Dallas Keuchel’s status after the ace went on the disabled list Thursday with neck discomfort.
Russell – talking only about baseball? – said the team has taken good care of him.
Not always, but enough to make you think about ditching your phone.
On Friday, Russell said he wouldn’t talk about his personal life, but noted his one-game absence was a good mental break. “None of us here really know much about it”.