Mariners' Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use


According to multiple reports, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance.

Major League Baseball announced that Cano tested positive in the off-season for Furosemide, a diuretic. In his case, that's a hefty chunk of change.

If history is any indicator, this will also significantly hamper (if not completely wipe out) his eventual Hall of Fame chances.

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

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In an apologetic statement on his near-half-season ban, the star 35-year-old admitted that he used Furosemide, a drug that's used to treat high blood pressure or aid "fluid retention", said he wished "that I had been more careful" and apologized to his "family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization". "Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Cano tested positive before the season, appealed (the decision), and dropped the appeal".

"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance", Cano said in a statement. This was the most hard decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance. "He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates". Following the injury, Cano was placed on the disabled list and was scheduled to go to Philadelphia to see a specialist. Due to the suspension, he will be ineligible to play in the postseason if Seattle should make the playoffs.

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) is checked by medical staff and manager Scott Servais (29) after being hit by a pitch in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Last season he hit the game-winning home run for the American League in the 10th inning of the All-Star game. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.