Mariners Star Cano Banned 80 Games over Failed Drug Test

Mariners Star Cano Banned 80 Games over Failed Drug Test

Mariners All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for a banned substance.

Because the substance involved was a diuretic, the next step was for Thomas Martin, the independent program administrator hired by the Major League Baseball and the players' association, to determine whether the use of Furosemide was an attempt to "to substitute, dilute, mask or adulterate a specimen or in any other manner alter a test", according to the joint drug program. Cano said in a statement the drug "was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". "It works by acting on the kidneys to increase the flow of urine". Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and Dominican Republic.

But ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn seems to disagree with Cano's assessment of the substance he tested positive for. However, he will lose almost half his $24 million salary from 2018.

That streak of avoiding the DL ended on Monday, when the Mariners sidelined him due to a broken bone in his right hand, suffered a day earlier. He's now on the disabled list with a broken hand. The 80-game suspension is mandatory for a first offence for performance-enhancing drug (PED) usage.

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Cano is under contract through the 2023 season, when he'll be nearly 41 years old, at $24 million each year, and if Seattle makes the playoffs this year he won't be eligible.

None of that, nor Cano's more conventional career stats (.304/.354/.493, 305 home runs, 522 doubles, 1,206 RBI, 1,168 runs scored while playing one of the most demanding positions on the diamond), nor his accolades (eight All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger awards, two Gold Gloves) trump today's suspension least if recent history is any indication. The first is that in his statement he commented that he was unaware "at the time".

The Mariners said in a statement it was disappointed to learn about the violation. It may just be a wording thing but if he did find out about Furosemide being a banned substance, why did he not tell Major League Baseball as soon as possible. While the division lead may be a stretch for a Cano-less Mariners team, the Wild Card is certainly within reach. He left before the 2014 season for the Mariners. "Robinson made a mistake". Players have to be able to have lives but it comes with the territory to always be suspicions.

Cano reportedly agreed to accept the ban before he was injured. We revere known amphetamine users like Willie Mays while hyperventilating over players who choose different kinds of performance enhancers. Partly this will be for the reason above, which is he should have checked he was allowed to take the medication. "You're saying, 'I'm not saying I'm guilty, I'm just saying I'll take the punishment.' It's as good as guilty".

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