Mariners' Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Suspension For Steroids

By Bill Galluccio

May 15, 2018

Robinson Cano

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance. He will also be banned from the postseason if the Mariners earn a playoff spot. Cano tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide which can be used to mask the presence of performance-enhancing drugs. 

Cano released a statement saying that the Furosemide "was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment."

“Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic,” Cano said in a statement. “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.”

In 39 games this season Cano is hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in. He is currently five years into a 10-year, $240 million contract that runs through 2023. 

The news comes two days after Cano broke his right hand when he was hit by a pitch from Detroit Tigers pitcher Blaine Hardy. Cano had not missed a game this season and had played in at least 150 games in 11 consecutive seasons. 

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