Toronto Blue Jays manager doesn’t expect Melky Cabrera to be suspended

Jun 26, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Since Melky Cabrera was suspended last season after testing positive for testosterone, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn’t believe the outfielder will receive another suspension.

From the Associated Press report:

Gibbons said Monday in Oakland he isn’t making contingency plans in the case that Cabrera receives another suspension.

“We don’t think anything’s going to happen,” Gibbons said. “Major League Baseball is handling all that, so we don’t know. We think, because he served his time, it’s over with. I haven’t given it much thought and the GM hasn’t talked much about it.”

True, if Cabrera did receive the testosterone from the Biogenesis clinic, then he wouldn’t be suspended under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement because he was suspended last season.

Cabrera received a 50-game suspension back in August 15th in the midst of a very successful season with the San Francisco Giants. He was hitting a .346 batting average with a .516 slugging percentage (both career highs), and nearly all of his stats on were pace to shatter previous seasons’ records before being caught.

Cabrera has a .284 BA and has 96 hits and 30 RBIs this season, compared to 159 hits and 60 RBIs from a season ago. Cabrera has missed time this year due to injury.

Topics: John Gibbons, Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

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