Cano Suspended 80 Games For Violating Joint Drug Agreement

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Seattle Mariners’ second baseman Robinson Cano will be suspended for 80 games for violating the league’s joint drug agreement.

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.

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