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Addison Russell | Shortstop | #27

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/23/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (11) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Addison Russell went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Cubs pounded the Marlins 11-1 on Thursday.
The Cubs' cleanup hitter on this day certainly did his fair share of cleaning up, homering in the seventh inning and knocking two more doubles over the course of the game. It's been a difficult year for the 23-year-old, but he's now hitting .297 (14-for-47) with four homers this month. Overall, Russell still has some work to do on his .234/.304/.413 line. Jun 22 - 11:16 PM

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Addison Russell's wife Melissa stated through her attorney Wednesday that she will not speak to MLB investigators about recent allegations of domestic violence.

Melissa Russell's friend wrote on social media earlier this month that the Cubs shortstop "physically and mentally abused" his wife during their relationship. Addison has denied those claims and Melissa isn't talking, but the two are in the process of a divorce and there's still the possibility of a suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. We just wouldn't expect a quick resolution.
Jun 21 - 12:37 PM

Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Cubs shut out the Padres on Tuesday evening.

Russell delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth inning that increased the Cubs' lead to 2-0. While his bat has perked up a bit over the past two weeks, he's still hitting a highly-disappointing .224/.297/.386 with six homers and 27 RBI for the year.
Jun 20 - 11:14 PM

Addison Russell (ankle) is back in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

Russell missed two starts with a sprained ankle, although he entered Monday's game in a double switch. He's at shortstop and batting fifth.
Jun 20 - 3:23 PM

Addison Russell (ankle) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Monday.

Russell has sat out two straight contests after spraining his ankle Saturday. He's expected back Tuesday. Javier Baez is at shorstop Sunday and Ian Happ is at second base for the second straight day.
Jun 19 - 4:23 PM

Addison Russell is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday after turning his ankle during Saturday's game.

It's not viewed as a big deal, as Russell is expected to be available off the bench. He should return to the lineup in a day or two. Javier Baez is at shorstop Sunday and Ian Happ is at second base.
Jun 18 - 12:13 PM

Addison Russell finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's game at Pittsburgh.

Russell has been hot since returning from a personal absence, going 7-for-23 (.304) with two doubles, three home runs, four runs scored and seven RBI over the past six outings. He is still hitting just .220 overall, but finally showing signs of breaking out.
Jun 18 - 4:28 AM

Addison Russell delivered a two-run double as part of a six-run uprising in the ninth inning on Friday as the Cubs rallied to beat the Pirates.

Willson Contreras plated the tying run in the ninth, then Jon Jay, Anthony Rizzo and Russell followed with run-scoring hits to put the game away. It was Russell's lone hit in five at-bats on the night. He has had a very rough go of it offensively, hitting .214/.291/.368 with five homers and 25 RBI.
Jun 16 - 10:59 PM

Addison Russell belted his fifth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Mets on Monday night.

Russell tagged Mets' starter Jacob deGrom for the solo shot in the seventh inning, accounting for all of his club's offense in the ballgame. He finished the night 1-for-2 plus a walk. The 23-year-old is in the midst of a rough season at the plate, slashing just .216/.297/.368 with five homers and 21 RBI.
Jun 12 - 9:38 PM

Addison Russell is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday against the Rockies.

Russell hasn't appeared in a game since Tuesday, partly due to MLB's investigation into allegations of domestic abuse against the 23-year-old. It was not an official suspension. He'll start at shortstop and bat eighth Saturday versus Colorado right-hander Jeff Hoffman.
Jun 10 - 10:18 AM

Addison Russell remained out of the Cubs' lineup Friday but is available off the bench.

Russell didn't play Thursday and wasn't available off the bench as MLB began investigating domestic violence claims made against him. He'll available off the bench Friday, though. Javy Baez is at shortstop again.
Jun 9 - 10:47 AM

Addison Russell (personal) is not in the Cubs' lineup and won't be available off the bench Thursday against the Rockies.

In fact, he's not even at the ballpark. This comes mere hours after MLB began investigating domestic violence claims made against him. ESPN Cubs reporter Jesse Rogers clarified that Russell, who released a statement on Thursday, has not been suspended, rather he's just taking some time to get his personal life in order. Javier Baez will fill in at shortstop and bat seventh Thursday against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Jun 8 - 4:55 PM

Addison Russell released a statement Thursday denying allegations of domestic violence against his wife.

MLB began investigating Russell after his wife's friend claimed on social media that she had been "mentally and physically" abused by him. "Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful," said Russell. "For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment." As much as Russell would like it to, this story isn't going away anytime soon.
Jun 8 - 4:29 PM

Major League Baseball is investigating domestic violence allegations made against Addison Russell.

Russell's wife, Melisa, offered hints on social media late Wednesday that the couple was breaking up and in a subsequent comment on one of those posts a friend of Melisa's accused the Cubs shortstop of "mentally and physically abusing her." Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that "MLB is investigating based on the posts and is expected to try to interview both the wife and the friend." Russell could be facing a suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, though there probably won't be a resolution to this anytime soon.
Jun 8 - 10:09 AM

Addison Russell is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon in San Diego.

Russell is stuck in a deep offensive rut and batting just .218/.300/.353 for the year. Javier Baez will take a turn at shortstop and bat eighth Wednesday against Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo.
May 31 - 12:01 PM

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Tommy La Stella
LF1Ian Happ
2Mark Zagunis
CF1Albert Almora
2Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
6Eddie Butler
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Carl Edwards Jr.
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Hector Rondon
6Mike Montgomery
7Brian Duensing
8Justin Grimm
9Felix Pena
10Dylan Floro