Milky Cabrera Suspended for Violating Major League Baseball’s Performance-Enhancing Substance Policy Drug Test
Major League Baseball said Cabrera tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance in violation of the drug agreement between owners and the players’ association.
Before Melky Cabrera’s suspension, the Giants were the favorites to win the NL West. But without Cabrera’s .906 OPS, the Dodgers are now the odds-on favorites to take the division crown, writes Dan Szymborski.
“My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,” Cabrera said in a statement released by the union. “I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and I 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.”
Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs in his first season with San Francisco and, flashing bright orange spikes, singled and hit a two-run homer last month in the National League’s 8-0 All-Star win, which secured homefield advantage for the World Series.
He will miss the final 45 games of the regular season and serve the remainder of the suspension at the start of next season or during the postseason, depending on whether the Giants make the playoffs and how far they advance.
August 15th, 2012