San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will not rejoin the team in the postseason when he becomes eligible to return from his 50-game suspension, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday.
"It's a decision we had to make early because Melky would have to start rehabbing, and we have decided to develop our roster," Bochy said before Thursday's game against Arizona. "Our group of players have done a terrific job."
Cabrera received his 50-game ban for testing positive for testosterone on Aug. 15. That came with 45 games remaining in the regular season, which would make Cabrera eligible to return to the Giants in their sixth postseason game, if they get that far.
He would have been allowed to begin rehab assignments 10 games prior to returning, which means he could have begun rehabilitation on Saturday, when five games remained on the Giants' regular-season schedule.
Bochy said the decision to omit Cabrera for the playoffs was based on a consensus within the organization.
Cabrera hit .346 with 11 home runs, 60 RBIs and 84 runs this season, and probably would have been the National League batting champion if he has not told Major League Baseball he wanted to be disqualified for that title, a request MLB will honor.
Cabrera was also the All-Star Game MVP.
"He understands, especially with the way this club has played down the stretch," Bochy said. "We've moved on, and we're going to move forward."
Bochy did not specifically address hypothetical situations that would result from injuries, but did say the Giants have considerable depth.
"We have a pretty big roster, and our guys have done a good job of stepping up when we needed them to," Bochy said. "I think it's for the best of this club if you've looked at how they've played and all we've been through. These guys have really done a great job. There's a reason we're in this situation."
On the day Cabrera was suspended, the Giants were tied for first place. Since then, they have gone 26-12 and lead the NL West by 10 games entering Thursday's action.
Cabrera, who will be a free agent, after this season, issued a statement, which read, "While I am disappointed that I won't have the chance to join my team in the playoffs, I wish my teammates the best in the postseason and I'll be rooting hard for them to bring another world championship to San Francisco."