In advance of the Nationals rubber match against the Giants on Wednesday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced at 50-game suspension for San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera. Stephen Strasburg had been the hottest topic around AT&T Park, but the Cabrera suspension will certainly take the spotlight off that debate.
Cabrera reportedly tested positive for testosterone, violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy. He's been having a career year with the Giants, second in the NL in batting average with a .346 mark. He was also named the MVP of the 2012 All-Star game just over a month ago.
Cabrera will miss Wednesday's game against the Nats and the remainder of the regular season. That would leave five more games on the suspension, which would either carry over to the postseason if the Giants make it that far or lapse into the 2013 season.
Just an hour after the big blow to their postseason chances, the Giants will now take the field against the Nationals with first pitch scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET.