Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use

Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use

Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Cano has already come out with the cookie cutter denial we always see, with the word "never" attached to cheating the game or taking PEDs, while suggesting Furosemide is not actually a performance-enhancing substance and something he got for medical need.

Cano said he was given furosemide by a licensed doctor in his native Dominican Republic and that the substance is used to treat "various medical conditions" there and in the United States. Sold under the brand name.

Because the substance involved was a diuretic, the drug agreement called for Cano to be retested.

Under MLB's drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he meant to use it as a masking agent. The case was scheduled to be heard starting Tuesday in Seattle before arbitrator Mark Irvings, but the union informed Major League Baseball last Friday that Cano wanted to drop the grievance and reach a settlement, the person said.

When Cano hit the disabled list Monday as the result of a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand sustained on a hit-by-pitch, the Mariners promoted Beckham from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place.

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The suspension deals a cruel blow to a Mariners team that's exceeded expectations so far this year.

Cano is now out injured after suffering a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a pitch.

"It's surprising, because I know Robby".

Cano is one of the Mariners' biggest stars, having hit 23 home runs last season after getting 39 in 2016. "But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia said. That injury was expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks if surgery was required. Since 2007, Cano has played at least 150 games each season.

Add Robinson Cano to a long list of Yankees who have steroid and drug pasts. However, he will lose almost half his $24 million salary from 2018. His 305 home runs are second all time among those to primarily play the position behind only Jeff Kent, and his 1,206 RBIs rank eighth and his 2,417 hits are 12th among second basemen.

"In this particular instance we're going to be without one of our best players and got to find a way to bridge the gap", Dipoto said.

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