The Cubs have had a busy Thursday after reports surfaced early in the morning that Major League Baseball was looking into domestic allegations against All-Star shortstop Addison Russell.
They also had a game at night, which the Cubs excused Russell from as he deals with the personal matter.
Players did the best they could when responding to a sensitive subject about a teammate, especially with limited details provided, and opted to let the process sort itself out.
"It's obviously a tough situation and unfortunate," Kris Bryant said. "I don't really know what to say."
"I think it's way too early to jump to conclusions," Anthony Rizzo said. "Major League Baseball is going to do what they need to do to get to the bottom line of it."
See what his teammates had to say in the videos above and below.
The Cubs bullpen has been under the microscope recently as they've hit another rough patch.
With Pedro Strop on the injured list, Cubs relievers have combined for a 5.04 ERA and 1.72 WHIP over the last week, allowing 32 hits and 11 walks against only 15 strikeouts in 25 innings.
The Cubs are shaking things up, sending veteran left-hander Xavier Cedeno to the injured list with left wrist inflammation and promoting right-hander Rowan Wick from Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs acquired Wick, 26, from the Padres back in November for minor leaguer Jason Vosler. Wick has pitched well in Triple-A Iowa this season — in 13 outings, he has a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP while striking out 25 batters in 19 innings.
Of his 13 appearances, 7 have been of a multi-inning variety and he hasn't allowed a run in his last 3 games (6.2 innings).
Wick made 10 appearances for the Padres in San Diego last year, sporting a 6.48 ERA in 8.1 innings.
Cedeno, 32, signed with the Cubs just before spring training started, but has been hampered by the same wrist issue all spring. He was first activated off the injured list less than two weeks ago and did not give up a run in 5 appearances, though he surrendered 4 hits and 3 walks in just 2 total innings of work.
With Wick in tow, the Cubs bullpen now looks like this:
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Strop is working his way back from a hamstring injury and threw a 25-pitch bullpen Monday, so his return may not be far off.
Brandon Morrow resumed his throwing program Monday, as well, but is still weeks away from returning even in a best-case scenario.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream
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