Mariners' star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating joint drug agreement

Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs in baseball stunner

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Furosemide is more commonly sold under the name Lasix. Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and Dominican Republic.

Cano said he was caught using a furosemide, which people throughout the game consider a drug masking agent. According to one report, the timing is merely a coincidence.

"Canó's 80-game suspension is effective immediately".

A diuretic is seen as a masking agent, which Major League Baseball treats as a positive test. It's merely a coincidence that he made a decision to do that right before getting hurt. Cano will lose his salary for the 80 games and is expected to lose about $11.8 million.

"We were disappointed to learn today that Robinson had violated the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program", the Mariners said in a statement. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization. "We are going to assist Robinson as he works by way of this problem", the Mariners mentioned in a press release. He can serve the suspension concurrently with his DL stint. The suspension, on the other hand, will cause him to miss almost half the season. Also, should Seattle actually make it to the postseason (which would end the longest current playoff drought in baseball) Cano would not be eligible to participate.

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Prior to going on the DL, Cano was hitting.287 with an OPS of.825. He's had five top-10 MVP finishes and has been considered one of the best, if not the best, second baseman in the game for more than a decade. The Mariners will likely turn to Andrew Romine to fill in a second base. Utility man Andrew Romine should also see some time at the keystone.

Cano ranks fourth among all active players in Wins Above Replacement, behind only shoo-in Hall of Famers Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera. Cano's suspension could force the Mariners to look outside the organization for a second baseman.

Cano's positive resulted from an offseason test, a person familiar with the process said.

If we assume that Cano is being completely forthcoming, the suspension is devastating not just for his 2018 season but for his entire career.

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