Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell will miss the rest of the regular season while Major League Baseball investigates domestic violence allegations from his ex-wife.

MLB and the players’ association have agreed to extend his administrative leave by four days through Sunday. Russell was first placed on administrative leave Sept. 21.

Melisa Reidy has alleged years of physical and emotional abuse, which he has denied.

Russell can challenge the leave before an arbitrator. He continues to be paid his $3.2 million salary.

Chicago has clinched its fourth straight postseason appearance. The 24-year-old infielder is batting .250 with five homers and 38 RBI. He was an All-Star two years ago and helped the Cubs beat the Indians to win their first World Series title since 1908.

Pirates think infielder

will play this weekend

The Pittsburgh Pirates expect infielder Jung Ho Kang to join the club Friday and be active for a season-ending season at the Cincinnati Reds in what would be his first major-league appearance in two years.

The 31-year-old didn’t play in North America between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests his native South Korea.

Kang played in seven games for Class A Bradenton and nine games for Triple-A Indianapolis in June before a left wrist injury that led to surgery in August.

Rainy 2018 season

is worst since 1989

The Houston Astros aren’t going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season.

Houston’s game against the host Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.

The 54 postponements in the major leagues this year are the most since 58 in 1989, the commissioner’s office said.

Houston will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.

Not a problem for the AL West champions, who open the Division Series on Oct. 5 at home against Cleveland.

More strikes than hits

as MLB breaks record

Major League Baseball has set a strikeouts record for the 11th consecutive year — and with four days to spare.

There were 40,196 strikeouts through Wednesday, topping last year’s 40,104 — the first season strikeouts reach 40,000. There were 32,189 in 2007, the last season without a record, and 30,801 in 2003.

This will be the first season in major-league history with more strikeouts than hits. There were 40,098 hits through Wednesday.