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MLB places Cubs' Addison Russell on administrative leave for domestic abuse

Posted at 2:38 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 15:46:15-04

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball for domestic abuse allegations. 

This week, Addison Russell's ex-wife Melissa Reidy posted on her blog graphic details about the alleged abuse that took place within their marriage. Russell denied those allegations last season when they surfaced, and did so again Friday afternoon with Cubs President Theo Epstein.

Reidy explains in her post that Russell would get physical with her, curse at her and cause emotional stress. To read the blog post, click here

The Cubs released a statement on the situation, agreeing with MLB's decision. 

With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, there is no timetable for the return of Russell. With the Cubs set for another year of postseason baseball, it looks like they will be taking the field without their shortstop. 

The investigation is ongoing.