San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
To put it simply, Cabrera tested positive for testosterone.
With 45 games left in the regular season, there is still a chance Cabrera could return to the club if they make it to the NLCS or the World Series.
That feat looks to be a little more difficult now, considering Cabrera is not only the Giants most productive hitter, but he’s put up some of the best numbers in the National League.
If you remember, Cabrera was the MVP of the All-Star, so obviously he was one the biggest contributor to the NL having home-field advantage in this year’s Fall Classic. Cabrera is current second behind the Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCuthen in hitting and was in the middle of a career year. The “Milkman” was hitting .364, well above his career .284 average and already surpassed his career averages for RBI and HRs.
The Giants are currently in a tight race with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead and Cabrera expressed regret for his actions following the announcement.
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera released in a statement by the union. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I will try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”
Cabrera’s positive drug test for testosterone will result in a 50 game suspension, and will likely have a giant impact on San Francisco’s playoff run.
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