Cabrera tested positive for testosterone, one of the 70 steroids listed as banned by the MLB. In a statement released by Cabrera through the MLB Players Association, he admits he shouldn't have been taking that substance.
"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. 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."
With 159 hits to date, Cabrera leads the National League this season in hits. He is also batting .346, ranking him second in the National League in that category.
The Giants released a statement on the suspesion, writing-
“We are extremely disappointed to learn the suspension of Melky Cabrera for violating MLB's Join Drug Prevention & Treatment Program. We fully support MLB's policy & its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outlined by MLB's collective bargaining agreement, the SFGiants will not comment further on this matter.”
As the Giants have 45 games left, if the team were to make the playoffs, Cabrera would have sit out the first 5 games.