Melky Cabrera: Giants OF Suspended 50 Games for Failing Drug Test
Cabrera was enjoying the best season of his career for the Giants. He ranks second in the National League in batting average at .346 to go with 11 home runs and 84 runs scored in 113 games played in his first season with San Francisco.
The crowning moment of his season came at the All-Star Game, when he was named the MVP after getting two hits, including a home run.
The MLB report says Cabrera tested positive for testosterone and will not be paid during his time on the suspended list.
It's a devastating blow to a Giants offense that already lacks depth. Cabrera was a major reason the Giants have been able to remain in the playoff race. The team is currently tied for the National League West lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His extended absence, which will extend beyond the regular season, puts extra pressure on catcher Buster Posey and newly acquired outfielder Hunter Pence to carry the load offensively while he sits out.
Cabrera immediately released a statement about the situation:
My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and 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.
It's nice to see an athlete own up to his mistake instead of playing the blame game. Even though it will bring his accomplishments this season into question, being upfront about his decision was the right course of action.
The Giants have played 117 games, meaning there will be five games left on the suspension when the regular season ends. The team's finish will determine when those are served.
Cabrera is scheduled to become a free agent at season's end.
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