Robinson Cano faces 80-game suspension

Heather Diaz
May 15, 2018

Cano tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, which violates the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Cano had already been placed on the disabled list for six-to-eight weeks after he broke the fifth-metacarpal in his right hand, but the drug suspension will not begin until he's ready to be re-activated.

Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program. A second violation results in a 160 game suspension, while a third results in a lifetime ban from the sport.

Cano, 35, had been in the midst of what seemed like a typical season. Cano was hitting a healthy.287/.385/.441 with 23 RBI through 39 games before he was injured and suspended just days apart.

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He signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners in 2014. As such, consider this a sad day - for the Mariners, for Cano, and for fans who have enjoyed him as one of baseball's best pure hitters.

While the Mariners had not announced a timetable for Cano's recovery, he could face surgery and was likely to miss at least several weeks with the injury. He wrote: "According to off-the-record sources and non-official reports, Dominican All-Star Robinson Cano will be suspended for steroid use".

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