Robinson Canó tests positive for steroid masking agent, suspended 80 games

  • Robinson Canó tests positive for steroid masking agent, suspended 80 games

Robinson Canó tests positive for steroid masking agent, suspended 80 games

Robinson Cano, who recently suffered a fracture in his hand after being hit by a pitch, will reportedly have plenty more time to heal up after being suspended 80 games for violating the Major League Baseball joint drug agreement.

Cano said he was given furosemide by a licensed doctor in his native Dominican Republic and that the substance is used to treat "various medical conditions" there and in the United States. Sold under the brand name.

Cano released a statement through the MLBPA following the announcement of his suspension, which is effective immediately, accepting that he had taken the substance but that he had not done so to gain an unfair advantage.

Cano tested positive for the diuretic furosemide, which violates the MLB's drug prevention and treatment program. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

Diuretics are banned by most major sports organizations and can be abused by athletes to mask the presence of other banned substances, or to excrete water for weight loss. The suspension will keep him sidelined until mid-August and cost him upwards of $11 million in salary.

Current designated hitter Nelson Cruz served a 50-game suspension while with the Rangers in 2013 for violations of the drug agreement, in relation to the sport's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic. The suspension, on the other hand, will cause him to miss almost half the season. Cano wouldn't be eligible to participate in the postseason if the Mariners were to make it. May. He continued to be one of Seattle's most important offensive players. The Mariners could, theoretically, also move Dee Gordon back to second base, with Guillermo Heredia potentially taking on a more prominent role.

As for the Mariners, they had already committed to giving Gordon Beckham a look at the keystone. He will be out for six to eight weeks, which will count towards his suspension. "Guys throughout the lineup and really our whole ballclub really need to step up".