Robinson Cano suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for drug policy violation

Danny Woods
May 16, 2018

Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Cano said he was banned for using furosemide, which he said isn't a performance-enhancing drug.

Cano had already been placed on the disabled list for six-to-eight weeks after he broke the fifth-metacarpal in his right hand, but the drug suspension will not begin until he's ready to be re-activated.

A two-time Gold Glove victor, Cano began his Major League Baseball career with the Yankees in 2005 and signed as a free agent with Seattle in 2013.

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"Robinson made a mistake". In a statement released through the players' association, Cano said, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". Cano said in his statement that the diuretic is "not a Performance Enhancing Substance", but it is banned because it can act as a masking agent, lowering the levels of banned substances that might be in the body.

Cano said he chose to accept the suspension because he does not deny consuming Furosemide, but called accepting the suspension "the most hard decision I have ever made in my life". I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization. He was scheduled to see a specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday, which could bring a more precise timetable to what is in line to be an extended injury absence.

If the Mariners make the playoffs this season, Cano would be ineligible to play. He will also lose his salary during the suspension, expected to be around $11 million. The 31-year-old Beckham hit.300 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 25 games at Tacoma.

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