San Francisco Giants All-Star Outfielder Melky Cabrera has been reinstated by Major League Baseball following him serving his 50-game suspension for testing positive for using P.E.D.‘s. Cabrera was suspended on August 15 after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.
Cabrera has been added to the Giants 40-man roster however San Francisco’s Vice President of Baseball Operations Bobby Evans has said “Cabrera’s status regarding the postseason remains unchanged”. Following the Giants clinching their eighth National League West title the team announced that they would not utilize Cabrera for any round during the postseason even if they were still competing during the playoffs once he was reinstated.
At the time of Cabrera’s suspension he was leading the National League in batting average hitting .346 along with 11 home runs and 60 runs batted-in. Cabrera was also named the 2012 MLB All-Star Game MVP in his first appearance in the summer classic following his 2-3, two RBI performance(including the game’s only home run) in the National League’s 8-0 victory.
The most admirable thing Cabrera did with his involvement in this entire situation was when he asked to be ruled ineligible from the NL batting title race so that a more deserving player could obtain the honor. Ironically it was Cabrera’s teammate Buster Posey who eventually wound up winning the award with a .336 average.
The Giants begin their National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday Night in San Francisco following their dramatic, 3-2 come from behind National League Division Series victory over the Cincinnati Reds.