SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Melky Cabrera disappeared shortly after a suspension last Aug. 15, making just one statement that admitted to use of a banned substance. Anyone hoping for a more detailed explanation will have to keep waiting.

Cabrera released a statement through his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays, on Friday, and said the statement would be his only comment about his use of testosterone.

"Last season ended for me when I admitted taking a banned substance and accepted and served my punishment of a 50 game suspension," Cabrera said. "Since that day, my goals have been to serve my punishment and to put that mistake behind me, and to work hard to be the best baseball player I can be."

Cabrera said he was happy that Buster Posey won the batting title after he pulled his name out of consideration.

"At the end of last season, when it became clear that I would win the batting title despite my positive test, I asked the Players Association and MLB to make sure a more deserving player won," he said.

Cabrera also said that he accepted the Giants' decision not to bring him back in the postseason, even though he was eligible for the final two rounds. Cabrera had been hitting .346 with 11 homers at the time of his suspension and was the MVP of the All-Star Game.

"Instead, I continued to work hard so I could be ready for the 2013 season," the statement read. "I hoped and expected that I would be allowed to put my mistake behind me and to start this season fresh."


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The Blue Jays gave Cabrera a fresh start in November, signing the left fielder to a two-year, $16 million deal. Since then, Cabrera has again been linked to drug use, this time with the Miami clinic Biogenesis. Cabrera didn't exactly deny the new allegations, saying he has been instructed by lawyers not to talk about Biogenesis. He'll give the same silent treatment to those asking about the suspension that kept him away from the world champions.

"This statement will be the last comment I will make on the events of the 2012 season," Cabrera said. "I have put my mistakes behind me, have learned my lesson, and have served my punishment."