Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games on Wednesday for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension is effective immediately.
MLB reports that the current Giants outfielder tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
Before any suspension is formally announced it would have already gone through the appeals process, should the player ask for one. MLB did not state whether Cabrera had filed an appeal.
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"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 MLBPA. "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, who turned 28 just four days ago, was having a resurgent season in San Francisco on the heels of a good season in Kansas City in 2011. This year he is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs. He is leading the National League in both hits (159) and runs scored (84).
Cabrera struggled for the Braves after the Yankees traded him for Boone Logan and Javier Vazquez in 2009. He batted just .255 with four home runs in 2010 in Atlanta. But after signing with the Royals in December 2010 he batted .305 with 1 homers -- both career highs.
This past offseason he was traded to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez, who struggled immensely and was later traded to Colorado.
Cabrera was named to his first All-Star team this July and won the MVP after going 2-for-3 with a home run.
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