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Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball drug policy

16 May 2018

"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance", he said.

Deportivo Z 101 in the Dominican Republic, Cano's home country, first reported Cano's suspension for steroid use, with an announcement expected on Tuesday that has now come. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

Cano's acceptance of the suspension is surely tied to his injury, which may keep him out for a big chunk of that 80-game ban. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout. "While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful". In a baseball world obsessed with cheating in a way that followers of other sports are not, a great player's legacy can turn to dust just that fast.

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The suspension begins immediately, though Cano, 35, an eight-time all-star, is now on the disabled list with a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday.

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".

"It's surprising, because I know Robby". The Milwaukee Brewers have found with Ryan Braun that there isn't much of a market for disgraced former stars even if they go back to having success. In the short-term, Seattle will use Gordon Beckham and Andrew Romine to fill the void at second base, but Servais and Dipoto spoke with outfielder Dee Gordon about a possible move back to second base.

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The suspension was announced two days after the first significant injury during Cano's tenure in Seattle.

Cano is now out injured after suffering a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a pitch. He is making $24 million this season, so the expected almost 50 percent of his 2018 pay is now going away with the suspension.

If you're going to draw a line, though, there's some logical consistency to treating players like Cano, A-Rod, and Ramirez differently than you would Bonds or Clemens. His 305 home runs are second all time among those to primarily play the position behind only Jeff Kent, and his 1,206 RBIs rank eighth and his 2,417 hits are 12th among second basemen.

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Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball drug policy