The Chicago Cubs will option shortstop Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa when he’s eligible to return from his 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy later this week.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday before the Cubs opened a two-game series in Seattle that the team wants to give Russell more time in the minors before rejoining the major league roster. Maddon said he didn’t expect Russell to be in the minors for long.
Russell is eligible to join the Cubs when they return home to open a series against St. Louis on Friday.
“We want to make sure he’s ready when the time comes and he hasn’t had the benefit of a real spring training yet so we thought more games, more at-bats would