Most of the Melky Cabrera situation requires no further comment. He was leading the Major Leagues in hits, establishing himself as a legitimate superstar, and now it seems all too good to be true. He’s been suspended for 50 games and admitted to using performance-enhancing Testosterone. He’ll miss the rest of the season, and head into free agency under a massive cloud of uncertainty and guilt. Less than three weeks ago, Cabrera denied any sort of steroid use. Today he admitted it.
At Yankee Stadium, Cabrera’s former manager and teammates responded with shock and obvious disappointment. Robinson Cano looked legitimately stunned and really didn’t know what to say.
On his immediate reaction to the news
“Anger doesn’t come to my mind. Disappointment comes to my mind because Melky meant a lot to us and we all enjoyed being around him. We know he’s going to miss 50 games and it’s before his free agent year. It’s unfortunate.”
On finding out about the suspension
“Oh, 100 percent surprised, I was just here in my chair when I was watching the news. … I don’t know man, I never used any of those. I don’t know any details about it. I just see the news. I’m just sad about it, and I’m going to be there for him.”
On whether he’s more surprised when this happens to a former teammate
“I don’t know if you can be more surprised. I don’t know if you can measure it, more surprised for him as opposed to somebody (else). It’s just surprising in general. … I played with Melky, so I always thought he was a good player. I know Melky’s very talented. He has a lot of great tools. He played well for us when he was here. He played well in Kansas City when he went to Kansas City. And he’s played well in San Francisco. Melky’s always been talented.”
On his own experience with this sort of situation
“From my experience, I saw where he made a statement, that’s always a good first step. And sometimes the hardest. But I think he has an opportunity, being a young player. But with that said, it’s also going to be a challenge. I hope he takes the bull by the horns and does some great things, and I’m a believer. I’m a friend. And at times like this, I’m not going to turn my back, I’m 100 percent here to support him.”
• Rodriguez got good news out of Tuesday’s X-ray, and he’ll have another X-ray on Sunday. Until then, he said, he won’t know exactly when he’ll be able to take full batting practice. “It showed good (on Tuesday),” Rodriguez said. “We have another one on Sunday. After that one, we’ll have more news for you.”
• The Yankees did not have a lineup posted in the clubhouse, but Girardi said he’s planning to have Russell Martin catch Freddy Garcia tonight.
• The Yankees haven’t allowed a run in the past 16 innings against this dangerous Rangers lineup. “It’s been really good because we all know how good this lineup is and how they can put some big innings on you if you’re not careful,” Girardi said. “Our pitching has been very, very good these two days and we hope it continues with Freddy.”
• The Yankees took their team photo today. The managed to get it in at 4 p.m. when it was cloudy but not raining at the Stadium.
• Speaking of the weather, right now it’s not raining, but the forecast is pretty bad and the tarp is on the field.
• I’ll add a lineup to this post as soon as I have one.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Yankees lineup. The team says Robinson Cano is not playing because of a stiff neck.
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 2B
Associated Press photos