General manager Jed Hoyer said Thursday that Russell (suspension) will begin a minor-league rehab stint next week that is expected to last seven days, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports. Russell has 11 games left to serve on the 40-game suspension he received last fall for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Since the suspension was levied, Hoyer noted that Russell "has been compliant with everything we have asked him to do and then some," which suggests the Cubs intend to add him back to the active roster when first eligible May 3. The brief stint in the minors should allow Russell to pick up enough at-bats for the Cubs to feel comfortable deploying him as their everyday shortstop once he's activated. Manager Joe Maddon already said earlier this week that Javier Baez would shift over to second base once Russell is reinstated, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
Russell (suspension) agreed to a one-year, $3.4 million deal with the Cubs, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He is going to miss the first month of the season (28 games) to complete the 40-game suspension he received last year for violating MLB's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Russell can earn $600,000 worth of bonuses if he is on the roster for 150 days.
Russell (suspension) was tendered a non-guaranteed contract for the 2019 season by the Cubs on Friday. Russell will continue to serve his 40-game suspension at the beginning of next season due to his violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. In a statement released by the organization, Russell said he's complying with a treatment plan set up for him by the league and MLB Players Association and offered a "heartfelt apology to my family and my former wife Melisa for my past behavior." President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein added that Russell being tendered a contract "does not represent the finish line" and that the shortstop has significant work left to do. Russell already served 12 games of his suspension, so he will miss the first 28 contests of the 2019 campaign without pay.
Russell accepted and will not appeal a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports. This ban is retroactive to Sept. 21, so Russell has already served 12 games of the suspension. He will not be paid during this period and is set to participate in a "confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Policy Board." Russell's suspension stems from the league's investigation into abuse allegations from his ex-wife, which dates back to the 2017 season.
Russell is expected to be suspended around 25-to-40 games for violating the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. According to Rogers, the league is expected to hand down the suspension within the coming hours. Russell has been on administrative leave after a blog post written by his ex-wife surfaced online, which detailed emotional, physical and verbal abuse she suffered during their marriage.