Anyone who was hoping to learn the why, the how or the when of Melky Cabrera’s performance enhancing drug use that led to a 50-game suspension last season, got only scant enlightenment Friday.

Cabrera arrived in the Blue Jays’ camp to start earning his two-year, $16 million contract and the first order of business was an interview session long on questions and short on answers. Speaking through interpreter Luis Rivera, the Blue Jays’ third base coach, Cabrera pretty much ducked any and all attempts to get him to open up to the behaviour that saw him suspended during August and September of the San Francisco Giants’ run to the World Series.

Cabrera’s name came up in recent revelations about a South Florida clinic that is alleged to have been dispensing PEDs to athletes. Since Cabrera has already served a suspension, it’s unlikely any further sanctions will arise from the federal and MLB investigations of that clinic, but his lawyers have restricted the scope of Cabrera’s public discussions of those issues.

When asked if he was looking forward to or dreading this day, Cabrera responded with an answer, the gist of which would form a thread running through all his answers.

“I knew this day was coming,” he said. “I was looking forward to this day. I wanted to face the press and the people. I know I made a mistake. It’s in the past and I’m going to move forward for a new year.”

Later on, he was asked what he was thinking when he took the banned substances.