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San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera (53) is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery after hitting an RBI triple against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (Nhat V. Meyer/Staff)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants made it official Thursday: Melky Cabrera won't return this season.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Cabrera would not be added to the postseason roster. The suspended outfielder was eligible to rejoin the club after the fifth postseason game if the Giants get that far.

"We've moved on and so we're going to move forward without Melky," Bochy said. "Melky understands."

In a statement, Cabrera said: "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!"

Cabrera was suspended 50 games on Aug. 15 after testing positive for testosterone, a banned substance. The outfielder was hitting .346 with 11 homers and 60 RBIs and was the MVP of the All-Star Game. The Giants are 26-12 record without Cabrera and clinched their second National League West title in three years. Bochy said he wanted to stick with the guys who got the club into the postseason with a strong push in August and September.

"I think this is what is in the best interest of the club if you look at how we've played and all we've been through," Bochy said. "These guys have done a great job and they're the reason we are here."


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Gregor Blanco has been the primary left fielder and Xavier Nady has given the team another option against left-handers. Brandon Belt was the starting left fielder Thursday, and Bochy said the Giants are considering using Belt in the outfield during the postseason.

Asked about the possibility that Cabrera could be a replacement for injured players, Bochy said "I'm not going to get into anything hypothetical," then added. "We've got plenty of outfielders who stepped up when needed."

Bochy said the decision was made by management, including general manager Brian Sabean and president Larry Baer, and Bochy did not consult the team before making a final decision. He has not spoken with Cabrera.