San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games after violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The Giants only have 45 regular season games remaining on the schedule so Cabrera won’t be eligible to rejoin the team until the early portions of the postseason should the Giants make it. Entering play today, the Giants, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West.
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement. “I am deeply sorry for my mistake.”
The All-Star outfielder was in the midst of a career revival of sorts during his first season in San Francisco. Cabrera landed with the Giants after stops in Atlanta and Kansas City after he was traded by the New York Yankees prior to the 2010 season. He currently leads the league with 159 hits and holds a .346/.390/.516 line with 11 homers and 60 RBI for San Francisco.
According to reports, Cabrera tested positive for testosterone. His suspension is effective immediately.