Mesa, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell apologized Friday for the “hurt” and “pain” he brought on his ex-wife but did not detail what prompted a 40-sport suspension below Significant League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

“My past behaviors ended up completely wrong and unacceptable,” he said.

Russell met with the media Friday for the initially time due to the fact getting suspended previous slide, a penalty that he accepted devoid of charm. Russell spoke for approximately 20 minutes at Cubs camp, ahead of position gamers signing up for spring teaching routines early upcoming 7 days.

The suspension adopted allegations made by ex-wife Melisa Reidy. Russell missed the last 11 normal-period online games additionally a wild-card playoff reduction to Colorado. He will be eligible to return in early Might, barring postponements.

“I really don’t want to get into any specifics, but what I do want to say is I am accountable for my past actions,” Russell said. “I’m not happy of the human being I was, but I do want to have this issue and get obligation for the hurt and the soreness that I have brought on Melisa, and for that I am sorry.”

The 25-yr-previous Russell said making ready for this general public visual appearance was complicated, yet also a lengthy time coming for him to “have a voice finally and to talk on what I have been imagining.”

Severino indications $40M deal

Ideal-hander Luis Severino prevented an arbitration listening to with the New York Yankees, agreeing Friday to a $40-million, four-yr deal.

Severino’s deal includes a staff possibility for 2023 that could make the agreement worth $52.25 million for 5 seasons. If the possibility is not exercised, Severino would be eligible for absolutely free agency after the 2022 period.

Severino gets a $2 million signing reward, $4 million in 2019, $10 million in 2020, $10.5 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. The staff possibility is for $15 million with a $2.75 million buyout.

Cespedes claims he’ll return

Ex-Tiger Yoenis Cespedes claims he thinks he’ll be in a position to enjoy at some place this period.

Recovering from surgical procedure on both equally heels, the New York Mets’ slugger explained to reporters as a result of a translator at spring teaching Friday he is finally soreness-absolutely free. He has been operating out and options to start off throwing upcoming 7 days, but there is no timetable for when the 33-yr-previous still left fielder will start out jogging or hitting — and he’s not confident when he could return to the lineup.

The staff has said Cespedes is envisioned to be sidelined right until at least July. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said this 7 days he hopes Cespedes can add “late in the period.”