July 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) takes the field during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Giants 4-3 in 12 innings. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
BREAKING: Giants OF Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance.— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2012
Cabrera’s suspension is reportedly effective immediately and he will be out for the remainder of the season, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Cabrera has apologized to the Giants for using a banned substance.
Cabrera released the following statement, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com:
“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.”
The Giants acquired Cabrera this off-season from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.
Cabrera had put up career numbers this season, hitting .346/.390/.516 with twenty-five doubles, ten triples and eleven home runs.
The 27-year-old is a free agent-to-be, and his impressive numbers led to talks of a multi-year extension with the Giants. However, these talks were tabled last week until following the season, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Cabrera would be eligible to play in the playoffs following his suspension. He'd have to sit out the first four games of the postseason before rejoining the Giants.