Seattle Mariners All-Star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for steroid use

Seattle Mariners All-Star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for steroid use

Robinson Cano, who recently suffered a fracture in his hand after being hit by a pitch, will reportedly have plenty more time to heal up after being suspended 80 games for violating the Major League Baseball joint drug agreement.

The league announced on Tuesday that Cano tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic, which is in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"The substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment".

Furosemide, normally sold under the brand name Lasix, blocks sodium, chloride and water from being reabsorbed into the blood before becoming urine, thus causing an increase in urination. The league announced Cano's suspension in a stunning development for a club expected to contend for a postseason spot in the American League. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

The suspension will cost Cano just less than $12 million in salary. The 80-game suspension is mandatory for a first offence for performance-enhancing drug (PED) usage. Of course, Cano is likely to miss a few weeks because of the injury.

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Even if the injury is on the shorter end of the recovery period, Cano's suspension will last until the middle of August. As such, consider this a sad day - for the Mariners, for Cano, and for fans who have enjoyed him as one of baseball's best pure hitters.

Prior to going on the DL, Cano was hitting.287 with an OPS of.825. The Mariners could, theoretically, also move Dee Gordon back to second base, with Guillermo Heredia potentially taking on a more prominent role. Utility man Andrew Romine should also see some time at the keystone.

As for the Mariners, they had already committed to giving Gordon Beckham a look at the keystone. He is second all-time in homers by a second baseman behind only Jeff Kent (377).

Per baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy, a first-time offender receives an 80-game suspension.

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