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.
Russell's stay on administrative leave was extended through Sunday by Major League Baseball, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Russell was initially put on administrative leave Friday, which allowed the league to place him on paid leave for up to seven days. Per Rosenthal, every previous case of a player being put on administrative leave has resulted in an eventual suspension for said player, and this situation doesn't appear to be much different. Earlier in the week, Rosenthal added that it's unlikely Russell will play again this year, especially since the investigation has yet to conclude.
Russell, who has been on administrative leave from the Cubs since Sept. 21, appears unlikely to rejoin the team during a potential postseason run, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Chicago put Russell on seven-day leave shortly after a blog post written by his ex-wife surfaced online, alleging that the shortstop emotionally, physically and verbally abused her during their marriage. Major League Baseball has since began investigating the accusations and has no timetable for a resolution on the matter, with sources informing Rosenthal that Russell and the players' union won't exercise its right to challenge the decision through an emergency hearing. Though his stay on leave expires Thursday, it seems likely that the Cubs will continue to extend Russell's absence on a weekly basis until the investigation concludes. The Blue Jays followed a similar course of action earlier this season when Roberto Osuna was arrested on assault charges before MLB levied a 75-game suspension.
Russell may not play again this season as the league investigates his ex-wife's accusations of domestic violence, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The league opened an investigation when allegations first surfaced last season, though it didn't go anywhere at first, as his ex-wife originally did not cooperate. The investigation is moving forward again now after she outlined specific claims of emotional, verbal and physical abuse on her blog. Russell has been placed under administrative leave, which has a seven-day term with provisions that allow the league to request an additional seven days. With just 10 days left in the season, Russell's participation for the stretch run and possibly the playoffs is now in doubt. The Cubs are well-positioned to deal with such an absence, with Javier Baez a very capable everyday shortstop and a wealth of depth options around the diamond.