09/21 23:33 CDT Cubs SS Russell placed on leave before loss to White Sox
Cubs SS Russell placed on leave before loss to White Sox
By MATT CARLSON
CHICAGO (AP) --- The Chicago Cubs announced Friday that shortstop Addison
Russell had been placed on administrative leave after he was accused of
domestic violence by his ex-wife.
Then Jose Quintana struggled against his former team.
The Cubs dropped their second straight game when Quintana was tagged for a
three-run homer by Kevan Smith, sending the crosstown White Sox to a 10-4
Russell was placed on leave by Major League Baseball after a blog post
attributed to Melisa Reidy contained detailed allegations of years of physical
and emotional abuse. The 24-year-old Russell can challenge the leave before an
arbitrator, and the leave can be extended for additional seven-day periods if
the players' union agrees. He continues to be paid his $3.2 million salary.
"It's unfortunate, but we've got to wait until the hearing and the
investigation's done," teammate Kyle Schwarber said. "We don't have, I guess,
all the facts, so we have to wait until that wraps up.
"It's something that's not ideal, but we're going to have to move forward from
this and be able to focus on baseball."
Last year, Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption
suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In
another post, a user --- described by Melisa as a close friend --- made the
accusation that Russell had "hit" his wife. The post was later deleted. Russell
denied the allegation and the two divorced.
"These allegations are completely false," Russell said in a statement put out
by the union. "I made that clear to Major League Baseball last year and
reiterated it to the Cubs today. I'm confident any full and fair investigation
will fully exonerate me."
The Cubs' lead in the NL Central was trimmed to 1 1/2-games over Milwaukee,
which rallied for a 7-3 victory at Pittsburgh.
The White Sox finished with 19 hits. Daniel Palka also homered, and Ryan
LaMarre went 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-9) struck out eight while pitching
seven innings of one-run ball. He improved to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in
his last five outings.
"I did what I usually do --- execute my pitches keep hitters off balance and
try to attack the strike zone," Lopez said through a translator. "It was a very
good outing today."
Quintana (13-11) was charged with five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.
The left-hander had been pitching well, going 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA over his
previous six starts.
"I pushed the margin trying to put on a better show for the fans today," said
Quintana, who made his first start at Guaranteed Rate Field since the White Sox
traded him to the Cubs in July 2017. "But every time we go to the mound, we try
to do our best.
"For now, we're still in first place and tomorrow is a new day."
Daniel Murphy led off the game with his 12th homer, but the White Sox went
ahead to stay with three in the second. Matt Davidson and Welington Castillo
singled before Smith hit a drive to center for his second of the year.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria sent Palka up to hit for Smith in the sixth,
and he responded with a two-run shot for a 6-1 lead.
Castillo and Yoan Moncada also had three hits, helping the White Sox even their
crosstown series with the Cubs at two games apiece.
Murphy had three hits and David Bote had two RBIs for the Cubs.
"Their pitcher was good," manager Joe Maddon said. "Give him some credit too.
He's got good stuff.
"I think a big part of why we didn't look so good was him."
Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein didn't want to speculate on
Russell's future with the team.
Russell is batting .158 with one RBI in 18 games in September. Maddon said
Russell was playing well defensively, but wouldn't speculate whether off-field
issues were affecting him at the plate.
Cubs: Schwarber (lower back) returned to the lineup as the DH and went 0 for 4.
He said he felt good, although his timing was off.
White Sox: INF Jose Abreu (right thigh infection) missed his fourth straight
game. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated by doctors later on Friday. Abreu was
treated for the condition, caused by an ingrown hair, at a Cleveland hospital
on Tuesday. "I'm still a little sore, but I am feeling a little better," he
said through a translator.
Cubs LHP Jon Lester (16-6, 3.43 ERA) takes the mound against White Sox RHP
Lucas Giolito (10-11, 5.77 ERA) on Saturday. Lester is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in
his last five starts.
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