Cubs shortstop Addison Russell suspended 40 games for violating MLB’s domestic-abuse policy

President Theo Epstein wouldn’t say whether Addison Russell will play for the Cubs again after he was suspended for 40 games without pay Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic-abuse policy.

But Epstein said the Cubs wouldn’t turn their back on Russell as he participates in a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy Board. Epstein also said the Cubs would reach out and assist Melisa Reidy-Russell, who two weeks ago accused her ex-husband of physical and mental abuse and provided details in a subsequent investigation by MLB.

“I think it’s our obligation as a club and my obligation to see what we can do better going forward, to see what we can do to prevent this from happening again,” Epstein said less than an hour after MLB announced the penalty, which is retroactive to Sept. 21.

“We’ll reach out to the victim, learn from it and give her support. We’ll talk to Addy and give Addy the necessary support so he can get the help he needs to make sure this never happens again.”

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