Giants to announce Melky decision Thursday

Giants to announce Melky decision Thursday
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants are still mulling whether Melky Cabrera would rejoin the team when he is eligible in the postseason, and manager Bruce Bochy said he expects a final decision to be announced sometime Thursday.

"Hopefully we'll get this cleared up and figure out exactly what we're going to do, so I think tomorrow we'll have something," Bochy said before Wednesday night's game vs. the D-backs.

Cabrera is eligible to return from the 50-game suspension he received Aug. 15 for testing positive for testosterone if the Giants' postseason extends past five games, having started serving the suspension with 45 games left in the regular season.

If Cabrera were to return, he would be able to start working out at the instructional league in Arizona 10 games prior to the end of his suspension.

"Things are being discussed internally," Bochy said. "Of course Melky, his agent, they're involved, but I'm not in those discussions. My focus is out here and we're wanting to get something done pretty soon."

Bochy said players have not been consulted on the possibility of Cabrera rejoining the roster, saying that the team's focus remains on the National League Divisional Series, which Cabrera would not be eligible to return for.

"I know it's getting closer there and there are different ways to look at this, but we have to think about what's best for the club and the guys who have already been playing. Things like that come into it," Bochy said. "Whether or not he can be ready, all these things are being talked about right now."