Robinson Cano suspended for 80 games


Cano, 35, tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic that is often used to help mask banned substances in urine tests.

Cano claims the substance was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment without his knowledge, but the suspension mars his reputation as one of the game's best second basemen regardless.

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle already knew Robinson Cano would be out of the Mariners lineup for several weeks, the result of a broken bone in his right hand.

Deportivo Z 101 in the Dominican Republic, Cano's home country, first reported Cano's suspension for steroid use, with an announcement expected on Tuesday that has now come. Now, his chances might as well be out the window.

Beyond the immediate implications for the Mariners, Cano's suspension reignites debate about performance-enhancing drug use, baseball legacies, and the Hall of Fame. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout.

Let's start here: No player ever suspended for PED use has ever been inducted. What does that say for Cano's chances? He's also played better than average defense, and retained his status as one of the most durable players in the game, having steered clear of the disabled list for almost 12 years. He is making $24 million this season, so the expected almost 50 percent of his 2018 pay is now going away with the suspension.

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Rodriguez and Cano would seem to have an even harder path to Cooperstown than Bonds and Clemens, because - like Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez - they were caught during the testing era and served a suspension for their decisions. No, no, no, no. Ryan Braun was a drug cheat. "Our organization fully supports the program", the Mariners said in a statement.

Cano tested positive for the diuretic furosemide, which violates the MLB's drug prevention and treatment program.

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

In 39 games this season, Cano slashed.287/.385/.441 with four homers and 23 RBI for the Mariners, who now face the challenge of replacing a huge contributor in the middle of the Mariners lineup in the wake of Cano's suspension and hand injury.

Gordon played second base from 2014-2017.