All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games without pay after the Giants outfielder tested positive for testosterone.
Cabrera leads the NL with 159 hits and is 2nd in batting average behind Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. Cabrera’s penalty is the 1st for a high-profile player since last year’s National League MVP, Ryan Braun, had his suspension overturned by an arbitrator last winter.
MLB announced Cabrera tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance in violation of the drug agreement between owners and the players’ association.
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I shouldn’t have used,” Cabrera announced in a statement released by the union. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I am going to try to move on with my life. I am deeply sorry for my error and I say sorry to my teammates, to the Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down.”
Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his 1st season with Giants.
“Ultimately, it was simply a bad decision,” catcher Buster Posey asserted.
Flashing bright orange spikes, Cabrera singled and hit a 2-run homer last month in the National League’s 8-0 All-Star win, which secured home-field advantage for the World Series. NFL betting lines
He’s going to miss the last 45 games of the regular season and serve what’s left of the suspension at the beginning of next season or in the postseason, depending on whether the San Francisco Giants make the playoffs and how far they advance.
“We were extremely disappointed,” the Giants said. “We completely support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game.”
If the San Francisco Giants wanted him to become active in the middle of a playoff series, they would need to play a person short from the start of the series until the suspension ends because rosters can’t be altered midseries.
“It happened, and now we move on,” right fielder Hunter Pence related. “I know the program and I know they test us, and if we test positive, we get a suspension. That’s what happened. And now we play with what we’ve got.”
It wasn’t straight away sure whether Cabrera’s positive test occurred before the All-Star Game. The union initially filed a grievance, which would have caused the case to go before an arbitrator, but then dropped it, a person familiar with the process declared. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced.
Manager Bruce Bochy broke the news to his team in a meeting about 90 minutes prior to the start of a 6-4 loss to the Nationals.
Cabrera declared on July 27 that he had been tested for performance-enhancing drugs the prior week, although it’s unknown whether the test he referenced resulted in the positive test.
Cabrera won’t be authorized to work out with the Giants at any time during his suspension. Under the provisions of Major League Baseball’s drug policy, he can work out at the Giants’ minor league complex but can’t play in any minor league games.