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Giants’ Cabrera Ends 50-game Ban, Will Miss MLB Playoffs

San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will still miss the team’s effort to capture the National League Championship Series after his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy ended.

Cabrera, 28, who had a positive testosterone test, was reinstated on the Giants’ 40-man roster yesterday after sitting out 45 regular-season and five National League Division Series games. The Giants captured the best-of-five division series 3-2 over the Cincinnati Reds and will open the NL Championship series against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow.

The Giants will use the players that helped them clinch a playoff spot during the past two months, manager Bruce Bochy said Sept. 27.

“Cabrera’s status regarding the postseason remains unchanged,” said Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, according to the Associated Press.

Cabrera was suspended on Aug. 15 for using the muscle-builder testosterone. He admitted to taking the banned substance and accepted the punishment.

Cabrera was leading the NL, hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 runs batted in, at the time of his suspension. He removed himself from consideration for the NL batting title, which he was leading with less than a week remaining in the season.

To make room on the roster, San Francisco sent right-hander Shane Loux and outfielder Justin Christian to Triple-A Fresno.

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