Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after allegations of domestic violence against his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, resurfaced. MLB is extending that administrative leave period through at least Sunday, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal:
MLB has extended Addison Russell’s administrative leave through Sunday, the final day of the regular season, a source tells The Athletic. As I reported yesterday, every previous case of a player going on AL resulted in the player agreeing to a suspension without appeal.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 27, 2018
This extension means Russell will not rejoin the Cubs during the regular season. Last week it appeared possible that Russell may exercise his right to an emergency hearing on his status, but as of yesterday that seemed unlikely as Rosenthal reported in the Athletic:
While Russell’s camp is pushing back behind the scenes, creating the potential for the matter to turn uglier, sources indicated the player, his agent Scott Boras, and the union will not exercise their right to challenge baseball’s decision through an emergency hearing.
Rosenthal also noted late Tuesday that every player who has been placed on administrative league by MLB has ultimately been suspended. It seems probable that the Cubs, who clinched a spot in the postseason with Wednesday night’s victory over the Pirates, will look to options other than Russell for their postseason roster.