Russell on his return: I'm here to stay"

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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell released a statement on Thursday after an allegation of domestic abuse was posted on social media.

"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.”

Russell was back on Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon and spoke briefly to reporters and shared that he missed being back at the ballpark.

"I was watching the game on TV," Russell said via MLB Insider Patrick Mooney. "I felt sad. This is what I do. This is what I love. I love being here in this clubhouse with the boys, having fun. This is my life."

Russell will be replaced in the starting lineup on Friday with Javier Baez. However, Russell will be available on the bench to pinch-hit.

"I'm here to stay," Russell said. "This is my job. This is what I love doing."

Russell declined to discuss further the specifics of the recent domestic abuse allegation. Major league officials will more than likely interview Russell's wife and her close friend that reported the allegations.

In 2017 through 54 games, Russell is batting a dismal .209 with three homers, 19 RBI, and .291 on-base percentage.

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