Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Robinson Cano suspended for 80 games under Major League Baseball drug policy

Robinson Cano suspended for 80 games under Major League Baseball drug policy

But the same drug was targeted by MLB in suspensions of several minor-league players in recent years, and Cano still acknowledged that he should have avoided it. Members of the BBWAA may not be so trusting of Cano's testimony claiming that all he took was a diuretic, especially since the substance he took is known to be used as a masking agent for steroids.

In a statement released by the players' union, Cano said a doctor in his native Dominican Republic prescribed the medication to treat an unspecified medical ailment. He said he didn't realize it was banned.

Diuretics are banned by most major sports organizations and can be abused by athletes to mask the presence of other banned substances, or to excrete water for weight loss. Both of these players are only suspected of using anabolic steroids, but neither ever failed a test or did anything else that got them suspended by Major League Baseball.

In his four-plus seasons with the Mariners, Cano owns a.294 batting average and an.824 OPS, and he averaged 24 homers and 90 RBIs per season from 2014-17.

Did Robinson Cano just cancel his 2027 trip to Cooperstown? He denied it was a performance enhancer. Cano released a statement that said, in part, he would accept the suspension which starts now. "This was probably the most troublesome choice I've ever made in my life, however finally the best choice provided that I don't dispute that I used to be given this substance". I apologize to my family, friends, fans, team-mates and the Mariners organization. Therefore, it is likely the first six to eight weeks of the suspension would have been time he missed anyway. In his career, Cano has hit 305 home runs in 2,037 games. "Robinson made a mistake".

"This Robinson Cano positive test should not surprise anybody in baseball", Conte said.

The suspension comes on the heels of Cano suffering the first significant injury of his tenure in Seattle.

Cano is now out injured after suffering a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a pitch. Following the injury, Cano was placed on the disabled list and was scheduled to go to Philadelphia to see a specialist. Cano's DL stint and suspension will now overlap, and he won't be eligible to return until August.

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