San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance, Jorge Arangure of ESPN reported on Twitter.
Cabrera admitted to using testosterone and has apologized to the team, tweeted Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
The 28-year-old Cabrera will miss the remainder of the regular season as he will serve the suspension immediately – a huge blow to the Giants and their pennant hopes. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports breaks down the suspension as it pertains to the rest of the Giants’ schedule – Cabrera will miss the remaining 45 games of the regular season, and the team’s first five playoff games, should they reach the playoffs.
Cabrera hit .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBI and leads all of MLB in hits (159) and made the All Star team for the first time in his career this season.
He’s a free agent after this season, and despite a breakout year at the plate, it remains to be seen how this suspension will affect his contract negotiations with the Giants or with other teams. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests via Twitter that he may have cost himself a big payday.