Melky Cabrera was suspended for 50 games on Wednesday after testing positive for testosterone, a banned substance. According to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, Cabrera became aware of the test around the All-Star Break, and the case has been in the appeals process since then.
Cabrera released the following statement:
"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," Cabrera said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association. "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."
Baggarly reported a rumor that Cabrera was being investigated for performance-enhancing drugs, and then followed that up with an earnest apology to Melky Cabrera and the Giants' organization.
Cabrera is gone for the regular season, but he would be available for the playoffs after serving a five-game suspension in the postseason, should the Giants advance that far.