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La Stella returns to Cubs, addresses team about absence

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tommy La Stella wanted to share his story with teammates on the Chicago Cubs. From La Stella's perspective, they were the only people who needed to know more about why he refused to report to the minors when he was demoted in July.

La Stella met with the team after he was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, providing his account of his time away from the organization. But other than that meeting before Chicago's 6-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the infielder stayed mostly quietly about the circumstances surrounding his departure and eventual return.

''I understand that there's going to be people out there who kind of draw conclusions and stuff and that's fine,'' La Stella said. ''I'm not necessarily out here to make anybody see anything or explain anything. As long as people understand that there are things out there that are kind of personal to me and I've shared those with the guys. It's not necessarily going to be just like a cut-and-dry, black-and-white answer where everybody goes 'Oh yeah, I get it now.' That answer doesn't really exist.''

La Stella was the victim of a roster crunch when the loaded Cubs activated outfielder Chris Coghlan from the disabled list on July 29. The 27-year-old La Stella had options remaining, which left him vulnerable in a crowded infield.



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