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Major League Baseball is looking into a domestic violence accusation against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.

His wife, Melissa, posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram with a caption suggesting he was unfaithful to her. In another post, a user named "carlierreed" and described by Melissa as a close friend accused Russell of "mentally and physically abusing her." The posts have been deleted.

Russell issued a statement Thursday that said: "Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful. For the well-being of my family, I'll have no further comment."

Spokesman Patrick Courtney says MLB is looking into the situation. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the department "does not have any current investigation" into Russell or allegations of domestic violence.

An All-Star last season, Russell is batting just .209 with three homers and 19 RBIs this year. He was not in Thursday's lineup for the opener of a four-game series against Colorado.

"Last night, we were made aware of a serious claim posted on social media about Addison Russell," the team said. "We reached out to Major League Baseball and, following the protocol established by MLB, will fully cooperate with the commissioner's office as it gathers pertinent facts."

Astros: Ace Dallas Keuchel is going back on the disabled list with neck discomfort and returned to Houston on Thursday to be examined. Keuchel, 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 11 starts, was on the DL from May 15-26 with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Yankees: All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, out since May 12 with rotator cuff inflammation, is expected to throw a simulated game today or Saturday.

Tigers: Right-hander Justin Verlander threw Thursday and is expected to start Saturday in Boston. Verlander left his previous start Sunday with groin tightness, but an MRI came back clean.

Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt has reached base safely in a career-high 35 straight home games, two games short of Stephen Drew's club record. ... Ace Zack Greinke was placed on the paternity leave list to be with his wife, Emily, for the birth of their second child.

Twins: Shortstop Jorge Polanco was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather.

Rays: Second baseman Brad Miller went on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain.

Giants: Newly acquired reliever Sam Dyson will join the team this weekend, but manager Bruce Bochy isn't sure when he'll be activated.

Brewers: Right-hander Matt Garza went on the 10-day disabled list with of a bruised chest.

Dodgers: Third baseman Justin Turner (hamstring) went through a simulated game and is expected to be activated today.

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