Major League Baseball suspends Mariners' Robinson Cano after failed PED test for a diuretic


Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó, an eight-time MLB All-Star and one of the sport's highest-paid players, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance.

Cano has already come out with the cookie cutter denial we always see, with the word "never" attached to cheating the game or taking PEDs, while suggesting Furosemide is not actually a performance-enhancing substance and something he got for medical need.

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. Furosemide is more commonly sold under the name Lasix.

The All-Star tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic banned by the Major League Baseball drug prevention program.

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

"Robinson made a mistake", the Mariners said in a statement. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.

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. He can serve the suspension concurrently with his DL stint. However, he will lose salary - $11.85 million of his $24 million deal for 2018, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell - and is ineligible for the postseason and the All-Star Game. As such, consider this a sad day - for the Mariners, for Cano, and for fans who have enjoyed him as one of baseball's best pure hitters. But having those two players fill-in for a month is different from having them replace Cano for three months. The Mariners will likely turn to Andrew Romine to fill in a second base. Cano's suspension could force the Mariners to look outside the organization for a second baseman.

Per baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy, a first-time offender receives an 80-game suspension.