As per Jon Heyman of FRS Baseball, the suspension is due to PED use. Heyman adds that the Cano suspension is for a diuretic (furosemide), which is seen as a masking agent. The suspension is treated as a PED though.
“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance,” Cano said in a statement. “Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic.
“This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment” he continued. “While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.”
According to T.J. Quinn of ESPN, the likely course of events that took place was MLB was “able to prove he was using it to mask a drug. Cano tested positive before the season, appealed (the decision), and dropped the appeal.”
Cano, 35, was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a broken hand after being hit by a pitch on Sunday.
In 39 games this season, the Dominican native was slashing .304/.354/.441 with four home runs, 23 runs batted in, and a 129 wRC+. Due to the suspension, he will be ineligible to play in the postseason if Seattle should make the playoffs.
In his 14-year career (2005-13, Yankees; Seattle since 2014), Cano has racked up 2,417 hits, 1,206 RBI, and 305 home runs.
MMO will keep you updated as more details become available.