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Cubs demote Addison Russell, scratch Jon Lester, bring Willson Contreras off IL

The Chicago Cubs have optioned shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa about two months after he completed a suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell was sent down to make room for catcher Willson Contreras, who was activated from the 10-day injured list. Chicago also scratched left-hander Jon Lester from his scheduled start against San Francisco because of illness. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood was set to start in Lester’s place.

Cubs infielder Addison Russell says he understands fans’ booing

Addison Russell says he understands the booing he has heard since returning to the Chicago Cubs after his suspension for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy, calling it “a serious issue.” Russell received a mostly chilly reception when he started Wednesday against Miami in his first major league game since September.

Addison Russell rejoins Cubs after 40-game MLB domestic violence ban

Shortstop Addison Russell is rejoining the Chicago Cubs after completing a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy and then spending extra time in the minors to get ready. The Cubs recalled Russell from Triple-A Iowa before the game against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. He was set to start at second base and bat eighth.

Domestic violence expert: Wait and see with Addison Russell

The Chicago Cubs got help from a local domestic violence organization in the wake of Addison Russell’s suspension, rekindling a decades-old relationship. Family Rescue provided domestic violence training for the club’s staff during spring training.

Cubs to option Addison Russell to Triple-A when eligible to return

The Chicago Cubs will option shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa when he’s eligible to return from his 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy later this week. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team wants to give Russell more time in the minors before rejoining the major league roster. Russell was suspended last fall after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.

Cubs’ Addison Russell says he’s focused on becoming a better person

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell says he’s focused on “trying to become a better person” since being suspended for 40 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell was suspended last fall after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife. He says he’s done “a lot of self-reflecting and a lot of self-growth.”

Cubs SS Addison Russell joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for return

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville. The 25-year-old Russell had stayed in Arizona to work out after the Cubs broke camp for the start of the season.

MLB gives Addison Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy

Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell has accepted a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. MLB had been investigating domestic violence allegations against Russell made by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy. Russell’s unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements.

Addison Russell out for rest of regular season during MLB inquiry

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell will sit out the rest of the regular season while Major League Baseball investigates domestic violence allegations from his ex-wife. MLB and the players’ association have agreed to extend his administrative leave by four days through Sunday. Russell was first placed on administrative leave on Sept. 21. Melisa Reidy has alleged years of physical and emotional abuse, which he has denied.

Cubs beat Dodgers, head home with 3-2 lead in NLCS

Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.