(NBC BAY AREA) Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.
The news comes as a complete stunner -- Cabrera was listed in the Giants lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game against the Nationals. He will be replaced in left field by Gregor Blanco.
But he won't be appealing, issuing a statement through the union that he accepts his suspension and "will try to move on with" his life.
"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," Melky said in the statement. "I accept my suspension under the Joint Drug Program and 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 was having a career year, hitting .346/.390/.906 with a MLB-leading 159 hits, 11 home runs, 63 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
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