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Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 @ 10:15 AM
— Robinson Cano, one of baseball’s biggest stars and second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
The suspension, described by Bob Nightengale of USA Today “as one of the most stunning of the decade,” will leave a shadow on Cano’s career and may end his hopes of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cano, who is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240 million contract - the most lucrative in MLB history when he signed - tested positive for a diuretic Furosemide, often used to mask banned substances.
According to USA Today, Cano’s representatives insist he took the drug for a medical condition and not to cover for taking a steroid.
“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance,’’ Cano said in a release from the Major League Baseball Players Union. "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. 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.”
Cano broke his hand Sunday after being hit by a pitch during a game against Detroit.
The second baseman made his name with the Yankees, and signed as a free agent with the Mariners. He’s an eight-time All-Star with 305 career home runs, the most in history by an American League second baseman. At age 35, he’s considered to reach 3,000 career hits in a couple years (he’s currently at 2,417).