Melky Cabrera to Be Left Off San Francisco Giants' Postseason Roster
Cabrera, who won All-Star Game MVP honors this past summer, is serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for testosterone. He was batting .346 with 11 home runs at the time of his suspension.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3:03 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
Cabrera had the following to say about manager Bruce Bochy's decision (via ESPN's Jim Bowden):
Melky Cabrera "I am disappointed that I won't have the chance to join my team in the playoffs. I wish my teammates the best inpost-season"— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) September 27, 2012
I'm guessing "disappointed" is probably the G-rated version of what Cabrera is truly feeling right now, as missing the postseason for a team with such high aspirations has to be absolutely killer.
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy had recently said that the club's decision on Cabrera would be officially announced soon (via The Washington Times' Janie McCauley):
We’ll probably have something before the end of this homestand as far as Melky. We’re talking about a lot of things, and that’s one of them. I’ll probably have an answer for you before we leave here to go down to San Diego.
Bochy and the Giants will travel to San Diego for a three-game series against the Padres starting on Friday night.
The Giants have clinched the NL West division and would play the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS if the playoffs started on Wednesday. San Francisco is 25-12 since the suspension and has withstood the loss of Cabrera thanks to solid pitching and the big bats of Buster Posey and Angel Pagan.
Cabrera has been out since August 15 and, according to McCauley, would be eligible to return for games during the NLCS if the Giants made it that far.
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