Originally written on Hall of Very Good  |  Last updated 11/20/14

It's been a wild thirteen months for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera. Not long after being named MVP of the 2012 All-Star Game, Cabrera, then with the San Francisco Giants, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.  This, of course, caused the switch hitter to not only forfeit his batting title, but also...miss the World Series. Then, in the off season, Cabrera inked a two-year, $16 million deal with the Blue Jays.  It wasn't long before the 29-year-old's name was being mentioned, again, in connection with PEDs.  This time, however, he was included as part of the Biogenesis scandal.  And we all know how that panned out. In August, the .284 career hitter had season ending surgery and now, take a deep breath, now there's this. According to reports, Cabrera is recovering from having a benign tumor removed from his lower back. According to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, Cabrera had been in pain for months, but hadn't told anyone.  Apparently, the tumor was even pushing on nerves in his back and caused the injuries that had been plaguing his less-than-stellar 2013 campaign. "You give him credit because he doesn't want to come out of the lineup, wants to play, would have to be dragged to the training room, didn't want treatment, did not want to make excuses, ever, for his play.  That's something that you admire. I think he's just relieved that now he knows he's going to be fine," Anthopoulos said.  "I'm glad he finally came forward. I'm not glad that we found something, but I'm glad it can be corrected and we should be good to go." Early indications are that Cabrera will be ready to go by the time Spring Training opens next spring.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Darren Sproles' role is growing for the Eagles

Barkley, Reggie Miller condemn Indiana religious freedom bill

Metta World Peace interested in coaching at St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Russell Wilson to suit up for Texas Rangers Saturday

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

WWE unveils Ultimate Warrior statue

WATCH: Tom Brady jumps off tall cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.