Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating MLB's drug policy

Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs in baseball stunner

Cano was hit on the right hand by Blaine Hardy, and fractured his fifth metacarpal.

But he will be out awhile after being hit by a pitch on Sunday, and now Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic passed along that Cano was facing an 80-game suspension for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. 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.

"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said in part.

Cano received Furosemide from a practicing physician in the Dominican Republic. He said he didn't realize it was banned. Furosemide is more commonly sold under the name Lasix.

"Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic".

Under MLB's drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he meant to use it as a masking agent. As with all players who fail a PED test, Cano is no longer eligible for this year's postseason.

The Mariners were already without Robinson Cano because of a fracture in his right hand. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his team-mates. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge". He can serve the suspension concurrently with his DL stint. Losing Cano will certainly test this team over the course of the next few months. The suspension, on the other hand, will cause him to miss almost half the season.

Even if the injury is on the shorter end of the recovery period, Cano's suspension will last until the middle of August. He continued to be one of Seattle's most important offensive players. Utility man Andrew Romine should also see some time at the keystone. He is second all-time in homers by a second baseman behind only Jeff Kent (377).

Based on the language of the drug testing policy, Cano would be able to start serving the suspension while on the disabled list. "Guys throughout the lineup and really our whole ballclub really need to step up".

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