San Francisco Giants GM spoke to the media during Thursday's off day, discussion the team's options now that Melky Cabrera is suspended, prospect Gary Brown as the possibility of a call-up, as well as the team's survival instinct moving forward this season.
When learning about Cabrera's suspension on Wednesday, Sabean told it just like it is:
"It was deflating," he said. "I didn't see something like this coming. We've all been around this game a long time and you're used to making changes and adjustments. But you get punched in the stomach and you've got no choice but to figure out how to move on."
Sabean also mentioned that is is too early to know if the Giants have soured on Melky.
As for the team that's left, Sabean noted that it's going to take a team effort the rest of the season:
"It's going to take everybody's help," he said. "It's greater than the lineup, we've got to pitch better than we did yesterday and win at home."
"If you had told me we could lose Wilson and Panda twice and Mota, now lose Cabrera... We've got a survival instinct, seemingly. It's a good group, they've got enough character."
In regards to prospect Gary Brown getting called up to the majors, Sabean wasn't very optimistic about it:
"He's still learning," Sabean said. "He's more proficient against left-handed pitchers and we also know he's a center fielder at this time. I don't see that (move) as a possibility...It's not on the front burner of our thinking."
As for having two of the four MLB suspensions on his club this year due to PED's, Sabean didn't beat around that bush either:
"You have two veteran players that should know better and evidently don't," he said.
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