CHICAGO – Addison Russell returned to Wrigley Field on Friday but was the only Cubs position player not to appear in a 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies, a day after the shortstop stayed away in the wake of allegations by a third party on social media that he committed domestic violence against his wife, Melisa.
Russell said he's "here to stay" and the Cubs have "been there for me every step of the way." He said he watched Thursday's game on TV after the team suggested he take the day off.
"I felt sad, man," he said. "This is what I do; this is what I love. … This is my home."
In a statement the team released Thursday, Russell, 23, called the allegations, made on social media by a friend of his wife, "false and hurtful."
In a since-deleted Instagram post Wednesday night, Melisa Russell suggested her husband had been unfaithful. A comment by a third party on that post accused Addison Russell of also physically and mentally abusing Melisa. Major League Baseball is investigating the accusation, and the Cubs said they would cooperate.
Russell said he did not want to talk about his personal life. "I'm not here to talk about the personal stuff," said Russell, who hasn't played since Tuesday. "I want to talk about baseball."