Mariners slugger Robinson Canó banned 80 games for positive drug test


Robinson Cano, the All-Star second baseman for the Seattle Mariners who is out 6 weeks with a broken hand, was just suspended for 80 games for violating the policy over performance enhancing drugs, CBS Sports reports.

"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a performance-enhancing substance", Cano said in a statement released by the Players Union.

Better known as Lasix, furosemide is well known for its ability to mask banned substances in urine tests. Furosemide itself isn't against the league's rules, but if MLB determines a player was using it as a masking agent, the drug triggers a positive test.

"Robinson made a mistake", the Mariners said in a statement. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his team-mates.

Cano's acceptance of the suspension is surely tied to his injury, which may keep him out for a big chunk of that 80-game ban. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.

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Current designated hitter Nelson Cruz served a 50-game suspension while with the Rangers in 2013 for violations of the drug agreement, in relation to the sport's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic. The 80-game suspension will begin immediately, regardless of the fact that Cano was placed on the DL Monday. Losing Cano will certainly test this team over the course of the next few months.

Even if the injury is on the shorter end of the recovery period, Cano's suspension will last until the middle of August.

Cano will be eligible to return in mid-August, but would not be allowed to participate in the playoffs, per Major League Baseball rules. But having those two players fill-in for a month is different from having them replace Cano for three months. The Mariners could, theoretically, also move Dee Gordon back to second base, with Guillermo Heredia potentially taking on a more prominent role. He is second all-time in homers by a second baseman behind only Jeff Kent (377).

Major League Baseball said Cano's time on the disabled list will count toward his 80-game suspension.