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Oscar Taveras hits off a pitching machine during a spring training workout last February. (Chris Lee photo / Post-Dispatch)

CHICAGO • The Cardinals have been made aware of a lawsuit filed against prospect Oscar Taveras in his native Dominican Republic by the parents of a young pregnant woman who says he is the father and seeks for him to cover the cost of the child’s birth and other expenses.

Taveras’ agent, Melvin Roman, said the outfielder is aware of his responsibility if the child is his and that Taveras has a representative in the Dominican working on his behalf. Roman said the suit could be resolved in the near future without Taveras having to return to the Dominican and leave his rehab in Florida.

The lawsuit was reported Friday morning on and by El Caribe. The reports said the suit could be dropped by the parents pending Taveras’ actions.

“The organization is aware of the situation,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We understand this may need to play out in the Dominican Republic legal system. We’re encouraged there will be a positive resolution.”

The Cardinals’ top prospect and one of the top hitting prospects in the minors, Taveras, 21, has had a season slowed by a persistent ankle injury. He is recovering and rehabbing at the team’s facility in Jupiter, Fla. Taveras is batting .306 and slugging .462 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 46 games for Class AAA Memphis.

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Derrick Goold is the lead Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and past president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.