The recent suspensions of Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera and A's right-hander Bartolo Colon surprised many throughout baseball.
However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was not among them.
Cashman, speaking Tuesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "Michael Kay Show," said he was "unfortunately, not surprised" at the suspensions of Cabrera and Colon, who each tested positive for increased levels of testosterone and received 50-game suspensions earlier this month.
The 39-year-old Colon spent last season with the Yankees, going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA after not pitching in 2010. Cabrera began his career with the Yankees and then played with the Braves before breaking out with the Royals in 2011. He was traded in the offseason to San Francisco, where the 28-year-old led the National League in hits at the time of his suspension after winning the 2012 All-Star Game MVP Award.
"You see some spike in performance," Cashman told the radio station about Colon. "You hope it's not the case, but you scratch your head and you wonder at the same time. But then you sit there and get a comfort level: Tests are taking place, so if people are passing their tests ...
"In Bartolo's case, as well as he has done last year as well through this year, at his age, after coming back from that surgery, [it] makes you scratch your head."
On Cabrera, Cashman said: "When we traded him to Atlanta, we had him as a low-end everyday regular or an excellent fourth outfielder. And that's how we show where we thought his ceiling was. As you know, he was starting for us in the World Series, but we had him as a low-end everyday guy, not a National League MVP [Award] candidate. So I wasn't surprised."
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.