Mariners' Robinson Cano to be suspended 80 games

Robinson Cano

He's an eight-time All-Star and a five-time Silver Slugger victor.

The suspension is unpaid, so he will lose about $11.5 million in salary. 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.

"The presence of a Diuretic or Masking Agent in a Player's urine specimen shall be treated as a positive test result if the IPA determines that the Player meant to avoid detection of his use of another Prohibited Substance", the policy reads.

Cano in a statement admitted that he took Furosemide and said it was given to him by a licensed medical doctor in the Dominican Republic to "treat a medial ailment". He said he didn't realize it was banned.

He also said he will accept the suspension, rather than exercise his right to an appeal if he hadn't already done so. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. "I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season", he continued.

The Mariners issued a statement saying they were disappointed. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

Cano made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Yankees in 2005 and played for them through the 2013 season. He was off to a solid start in 2018, hitting.287 with four bombs and 23 RBI and a.825 OPS.

Robinson Cano is out six-to-eight weeks after he was hit by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. He can serve the suspension concurrently with his DL stint.

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