Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Seattle's Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use

Seattle's Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games after violating MLB's drug policy.

Hector Gomez was the first to report the possible suspension early this afternoon.

Deportivo Z 101 in the Dominican Republic, Cano's home country, first reported Cano's suspension for steroid use, with an announcement expected on Tuesday that has now come.

Cano was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken pinky bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch last Sunday, but he will be able to begin serving his 80-day suspension while he rehabilitates from that injury.

The suspension also makes Cano ineligible for the postseason if the Mariners qualified. Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and Dominican Republic. However, the drug is often used as a masking agent.

The Mariners did not specify what happened, but multiple sources say Cano failed a PED (Performance Enhancing Drug) test. According to CBS Sports, he tested positive for Furosemide, a type of diuretic. Cano is an eight-time All-Star but now must deal with the stigma of a suspension. He was batting.287 with a.385 on-base proportion, 4 residence runs and 23 runs batted in 39 video games this season.

An eight-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger award victor, two-time Gold Glove award victor and one-time World Series champion, Cano is among the best second basemen of his era.

The Mariners were already without Robinson Cano because of a fracture in his right hand. He left before the 2014 season for the Mariners. Cano would go on to play in the Bronx for another eight seasons, becoming a five-time All-Star and would be a part of the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees.

It is only May, and there is a lot of baseball yet to be played, but it is also hard to ignore the steep price that the Mariners might have to pay.

Sure enough, Cano obliged with a personal statement in which he expressed regret at not being "more careful" with a drug he did not know Major League Baseball considered as part of a scheme to hide the use of PEDs, which Cano denied ingesting directly.

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