Miguel Cabrera declines to discuss ongoing paternity suit
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera informed reporters this week any questions about his ongoing paternity suit is strictly off-limits.
“I’m just here to play baseball,” Cabrera said Monday from Lakeland, Fla., via the Detroit Free Press.
Cabrera is embroiled in the ugly case due to allegations made in a lawsuit filed by his ex-mistress, Belkis Rodriguez, with whom he fathered two children, a son (5) and a daughter (2 1/2).
The suit alleges Cabrera has scaled back child support payments from $15,000 per month to $5,000, in large part to appease his wife, Rosangel Cabrera, who filed for divorce over the situation but later reconsidered. This comes after Cabrera helped Rodriguez purchase a $1 million home in a Florida gated community.
Cabrera, 34, is coming off the worst season of his stellar MLB career. The former Triple Crown winner batted only .249 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI. He was diagnosed with two herniated disks in his back toward the end of the season. Tigers general manager Al Avila said last October that the injuries, not the paternity suit, were the source of Cabrera’s struggles.
“I fully expect a fully healthy Miguel Cabrera to come back and getting back to producing,” Avila said at the time.
Cabrera, despite his reluctance to discuss the paternity suit, was happy to discuss his health as spring training gets underway. The slugger, who appeared leaner and in better shape during his first camp appearance Sunday at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, said his bad back is now “pain-free” and that he is “more strong now.”
“I feel better, more natural,” Cabrera added, via The Detroit News. “I can tell you I’m pain-free for the first time in a long time. I feel good.”
Cabrera, however, declined to blame his back woes last season for his struggles, calling the injuries “not any excuse.”
“But I think I was not able to use part of my body. I think the issue was, I lost a lot of power,” Cabrera said. “I lost extension at home plate. I couldn’t hit balls into the gap.”