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. In a statement released through the players' association, Cano said, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment".
Better known as Lasix, furosemide is well known for its ability to mask banned substances in urine tests. He is making $24 million this season, so the expected almost 50 percent of his 2018 pay is now going away with the suspension. "Cano tested positive before the season, appealed and dropped the appeal", Quinn tweeted. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, which is a diuretic banned by MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The Mariners said in a statement it was disappointed to learn about the violation. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".
Diuretics can be used as a masking agent to hide the presence of performance-enhancing drugs or to assist rapid weight loss.
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. Of course, Cano is likely to miss a few weeks because of the injury. Cano won't be eligible to return until the middle of August. The Mariners could, theoretically, also move Dee Gordon back to second base, with Guillermo Heredia potentially taking on a more prominent role.
The Mariners are expected to make an announcement later in the day. Utility man Andrew Romine should also see some time at the keystone.
They called up Gordon Beckham from AAA to replace Cano during his injury.
Major League Baseball said Cano's time on the disabled list will count toward his 80-game suspension. "Guys throughout the lineup and really our whole ballclub really need to step up".