Epstein: ‘No finish line’ on Russell return to Cubs

ESPN

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said the team will go "day to day" and wait to make a determination on suspended shortstop Addison Russell after he plays his seven rehab games in the minors.

The Cubs could simply keep Russell in the minors by optioning him to Triple-A after his 40-game suspension for violating the league's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy is up.

"We're taking this day to day," Epstein said Thursday before the Cubs played the Los Angeles Dodgers. "This is one situation where it is not appropriate to get ahead of the story. Addison has a lot of work to do going forward. There is no finish line here."

Epstein was asked if keeping Russell in the minors after those seven games was an option.

"Of course it is," Epstein said. "I told him seven days does not necessarily get someone ready for the season."

The Cubs will move Russell around the diamond as his primary position is being filled by Javier Baez, who's off to a hot start at the plate and in the field this season.

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