Josh Hamilton given two cortisone injections in ribs

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Josh Hamilton hasn’t played since September 4, when he crashed into an outfield wall at the Twins’ Target Field and suffered a bruised ribcage and shoulder. 

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers took a drastic step earlier this week toward getting him back on the field, injecting the area of his ribs with two cortisone shots. 

Hamilton is hoping to feel improvement by Saturday and is hoping to return to the Rangers’ starting lineup by early next week.  He was batting an MVP-worthy .361/.414/.635 with 31 homers and 97 RBI over 507 at-bats before the sudden injury.  The 29-year-old has also shown excellent range in center field, registering a 9.3 UZR/150 according to the great FanGraphs.

The Rangers have a massive 10-game lead over the A’s in the American League West, so they have no real reason to rush Hamilton.  But it would be nice for him to get back in the groove of playing every day before the first week of October.

Miguel Cabrera is being sued for reduced child support payments

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Tigers first baseman/DH Miguel Cabrera is being sued by a woman from Orlando, Florida who claims that he “unilaterally” reduced the amount of his monthly child support payments, Tony Paul of The Detroit News reports. Cabrera, who has three children with his wife Rosangel, also had two children with Belkies Mariela Rodriguez in 2013 and 2015.

Cabrera pays more than $6,200 per month in child support and helped Rodriguez purchase a nearly $1 million house. Rodriguez’s attorney calls Cabrera’s monthly payments “inadequate” because her children don’t quite have the same standard of living as Cabrera’s three children with Rosangel. Cabrera’s legal team accused Rodriguez of “embarking on a mission to extort additional moneys to be used for her benefit under the guise of child support.”

Cabrera, 34, signed an eight-year, $248 million contract extension with the Tigers in March 2014, which officially began in 2016. He made $22 million in 2014-15, $28 million in 2016-17, and will earn $30 million from 2018-21 and $32 million in 2022-23.

Along with reduced child support payments, Rodriguez alleges Cabrera left her “high and dry” when it came to monthly expenses with the house he helped her purchase.

Cabrera has requested that the judge recuse herself from his case, as her husband has a title with Rodriguez’s lawyers’ law firm following a merger. He is scheduled to be questioned under oath during a videotaped deposition on Thursday in Orlando. Rodriguez is scheduled for her deposition on Friday.

Cabrera is not the only player to find himself embroiled in such a case. Bartolo Colon was also sued for back child support for a “secret family” last year.