Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano Tests Positive for Furosemide, Suspended 80 Games

Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement the league announced Tuesday

To the list of men who padded our naive disillusionment, who confirmed chemical manipulation or ignorance or wayward intentions was not exclusively for the last-chance arenas of the Dominican summer leagues and big-league fringes, to the list that is Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun and Manny Ramirez and so many others, add eight-time All-Star Robinson Cano. That puts them just 1.5 games back in a division most thought the Houston Astros would run away with right out of the gate.

Cano has released a statement through his Twitter account accepting the suspension, though he wrote that he was given the substance by a licensed doctor in the Domincan Republic to treat a medical ailment.

"We love Robinson Cano".

Robinson Cano's failed drug test - and the subsequent 80-game suspension handed to him - came not directly because of performance-enhancing drugs, but as a result of Cano's use of Furosemide.

Through testing, Cano was discovered to have ingested a drug called Furosemide, a diuretic on the list of banned substances. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) considers Furosemide to be a masking agent used by some players to hide any potential PED use. However, Major League Baseball likely had reason to believe that Cano took the drug to potentially mask the use of another PED and therefore suspended him. Today it was announced that he has tested positive for a banned PED substance and will be suspended for 80 games. On Sunday he learned that his broken finger on his right hand may need surgery before he can return to the field.

What did Robinson Cano get caught using?

"But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia said. Baseball's drug program doesn't distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player.

Cano can serve his suspension while on the disabled list but is now ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners get there and end the longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports. He had been hitting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs through 39 games before his injury and subsequent suspension. One simply needs to look at the cases of players such as Barry Bonds andRoger Clemens, two of baseballs greatest stars, who are still not in the Hall of Fame.

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