Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating MLB's drug policy

Mariners slugger Robinson Canó banned 80 games for positive drug test

Mariners slugger Robinson Canó banned 80 games for positive drug test

Diuretics can be used as a masking agent to hide the presence of performance-enhancing drugs or to assist rapid weight loss. "Cano tested positive before the season, appealed and dropped the appeal", Quinn tweeted. During the appeal, Major League Baseball apparently was able to determine his intent, resulting in Cano dropping his appeal, the source said.

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".

Cano said he chose to accept the suspension because he does not deny consuming Furosemide, but called accepting the suspension "the most hard decision I have ever made in my life".

Over the weekend, the Seattle Mariners placed Cano on the disabled list due to a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand. But the same drug was targeted by MLB in suspensions of several minor-league players in recent years, and Cano still acknowledged that he should have avoided it. Baseball's drug program doesn't distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player.

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

"Today I made a decision to accept MLB's suspension".

He apologized to his family, friends, teammates and the Mariners organization and expressed gratitude for the support he's received through this process.

As for the Mariners, they had already committed to giving Gordon Beckham a look at the keystone.

"He was probably one of the tougher cuts we had to make in spring training", Servais said. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge". His production declined a bit last season after he belted a career-best 39 homers in 2016. In his rookie year, Cano would hit.297 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI. His reliability had been one of his greatest assets: he'd appeared in at least 150 games in every season since 2007, and hadn't posted an OPS+ below 110 since 2008.