Per Chris Haft:
MLB suspends Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera 50-games for testing positive for testosterone
— Chris Haft/SF Giants (@sfgiantsbeat) August 15, 2012
With 45 games left in the Giants’ regular season play, Melky won’t be making an appearance until the Giants make the postseason. That is, if they make the postseason.
According to Andrew Baggarly, Cabrera tested positive during the All-Star break, and a lengthy appeals process delayed the decision. There will be no further appeals allowed at this point.
Melky released a statement through the union, via Henry Schulman:
“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.”
And the organization’s response:
“We were extremely disappointed to learn of the suspension of Melky Cabrera for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, the Giants will not comment further on this matter.”
RIP, Giants. It was fun while it lasted.