Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Suspension After Positive Test for Banned Substance

Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Suspension After Positive Test for Banned Substance

Cano maintained that he used the drug to treat an unspecified medical condition, though baseball rules state that the league will treat a diuretic as a positive test if its independent program administrator "determines that the player meant to avoid detection of his use of another prohibited substance". In a statement released through the players' association, Cano said the substance was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.

Furosemide, sold under the name Lasix, can be purchased without a prescription and is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid buildup.

A source familiar with the case told ESPN's T.J. Quinn that Cano tested positive before the season and appealed. Cano's suspension means Major League Baseball was able to prove he was using it to mask a drug, which led to the 35-year-old dropping the appeal and accepting his suspension. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline.

The suspension deals a cruel blow to a Mariners team that's exceeded expectations so far this year.

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

Cano was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken pinky bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch last Sunday, but he will be able to begin serving his 80-day suspension while he rehabilitates from that injury.

"It's surprising, because I know Robbie". In his career, Cano has hit 305 home runs in 2,037 games. "But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", said Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, who was teammates with Braun in Milwaukee before the Brewers slugger tested positive for PEDs. Cano was examined Tuesday in Philadelphia by Dr Randall Culp and is expected to have surgery on the injury on Wednesday.

If you're going to draw a line, though, there's some logical consistency to treating players like Cano, A-Rod, and Ramirez differently than you would Bonds or Clemens. So if you're going to make arguments or consider Hall votes based on legacies, it might make more sense to come down harder on those players actually busted for breaking the rules than those who happened to hit long home runs or throw blazing fastballs 15 or 20 years ago.

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