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Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants pauses at second base after doubling against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
Melky Cabrera who currently has the second-highest batting average in the National League has been hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone.
Cabrera, 28, who is batting .346 with 60 RBIs for the San Francisco Giants admitted to the doping in a statement Wednesday.
"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used,'' Cabrera wrote in a statement released by the MLB players 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.''
The Giants only have 45 games left to play in the regular season, thus Cabrera's season is essentially over. If the Giants make it into the playoffs, Cabrera would be banned for the first five games of the playoffs. If San Francisco does not make it into post-season play, Cabrera's suspension will carry over into the first week of the 2013 season.
“We were extremely disappointed to learn of the suspension of Melky Cabrera for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program," the Giants wrote in a statement. "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.”
The switch-hitting outfielder has had an MVP-worthy season this year, clearly the best in his career, and only the second time he has hit over .300. In May he pounded out 51 hits while batting .429 for the month, hitting safely in 25 of 29 games. He set the San Francisco record for most hits in May, passing Hall of Famer Willie Mays' 49 from 1958. In July he was named the MVP of the All-Star Game after singling off Detroit's Justin Verlander in the 1st inning and belting a two-run homer off Texas' Matt Harrison in the 4th.
Cabrera came to the Giants in a trade with Kansas City in November that sent left-handed starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals. The Giants signed Cabrera to a one-year, $6 million deal.
Currently the Giants are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West.