The San Francisco Giants would really struggle without Melky Cabrera in their lineup each night. As the club prepared for their huge series with the Dodgers on Friday afternoon, Cabrera received a scare when he thought he had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
After some calling around to the league and his agent, it turns out the rumors are false.
Here is the latest from AT&T Park:
There's a rumor on Twitter that Melky Cabrera will be suspended for positive PED test. I asked Melky and he said it's totally untrue. ...— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 27, 2012
Melky heard the rumor from one of the trainers. He called his agent and the union. They said it was unfounded. Said he was tested last week.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 27, 2012
It doesn't sound like anything more will come from this, but it has to be concerning that Melky even thought a positive test was possible. For a guy who has made the incredible strides he's made the last 24 months, you can never quite be sure anymore in this day and age of baseball.
At the same time, everyone should be innocent until proven guilty and nothing more should be taken from the scare.
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