The playoff hopes of the San Francisco Giants took a hit Wednesday when MVP candidate Melky Cabrera was slapped with a 50 game suspension for using a performance-enhancing drug.
Cabrera leads baseball with 159 hits, and is second in the National League in batting average at .346.
The 28-year-old reportedly tested positive for testosterone during the All-Star break. Ironically, Cabrera was the Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game, helping the National League secure home field advantage for the World Series.
Cabrera issued a statement admitting he made a mistake while apologizing to the Giants and their fans.
Cabrera, who will be a free agent after this season, could rejoin the Giants after the first five games of the playoffs if they make the postseason.
San Francisco is currently one game behind the first place Dodgers in the National League West.