SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that the club likely will announce during the next couple of days whether it plans to reinstate left fielder Melky Cabrera, should the team progress far enough into the postseason. Cabrera received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Aug. 15 for testing positive for testosterone. San Francisco had 45 regular-season games remaining at that time. Cabrera would become eligible to rejoin the team if the Giants' postseason were to extend beyond five games. "He needs to know and we need to know," Bochy said, pointing out that Cabrera would have to begin working out diligently at about this time if San Francisco intends to bring him back.
Catcher Buster Posey applauded the decision's timing, assuming it's indeed imminent.
"I think that's a great idea," Posey said. "That way you get rid of speculation, one way or the other."Posey, who said that management had not consulted Giants players about Cabrera, implied that if the team welcomed him back, the media would present more of a distraction than Cabrera himself. "No offense to you guys," Posey told reporters, "but I don't think it would bother us as much as the extra questions." Cabrera, the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, struck a deal with MLB and the Players' Association to disqualify himself from the National League batting title. His .346 average has led the league for much of the season's second half.