The San Francisco Giants have this outfielder, Melky Cabrera, who has been hitting much better than at any time in his career. He was the most valuable player in the All-Star Game last month. Today he was suspended for 50 games, or through the rest of the regular season, after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance: testosterone. "My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used. ... I am deeply sorry for my mistake," Cabrera said in a statement. His .346 batting average was second in the National League. His .906 OPS this season, and his .516 slugging percentage, are more than 100 points higher than his career averages.
He would be able to return if the Giants make it past the first five games of the playoffs. The Dodgers and Giants are tied today at the top of the National League West.