SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean says his club has two suspended veteran players who should know better than to use performance-enhancing drugs.
A day after outfielder and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, Sabean says he was “so taken aback it was deflating” when he received word from Major League Baseball.
Gregor Blanco will move into the regular role as left fielder in place of Cabrera, who joins reliever and teammate Guillermo Mota as two of the four big leaguers suspended this season.
The Giants, who trailed the Dodgers by one game in the NL West heading into Thursday’s off day, will continue to work to educate players regarding the major league drug program.
San Francisco is calling up right-hander Eric Hacker and outfielder Justin Christian ahead of a weekend series at San Diego.