Effective immediately, Melky Cabrera is done for the regular season after testing positive for testosterone. This is from MLB -- not a rumor, not a reportedly.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Cabrera is effective immediately.
For the second season in a row, the Giants lose one of their best hitters for the rest of the year in the middle of a pennant race. Last year was a freak injury. This year is freak stupidity or ... hell, I don't know what. I'm not sure if Melky would be the Melky we know if it's not for the extra testosterone. Maybe we should just be thankful for the illicit wins we already nabbed! Cough.
I have no words right now. Anger, denial, bargaining, midday drinking ... all of the classic signs of grief are wrestling around in my head. Just as the lineup was whole again, just as everything was about to click ... jeez.
I'm pretty sure that no one here laughed when Manny Ramirez was suspended, so we can certainly take the moral high ground on this. Cough.