Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball (MLB) after testing positive for a banned substance, the league announced on Tuesday. It also says it can be used in combination with other medicines to treat high blood pressure.
Cano has already come out with the cookie cutter denial we always see, with the word "never" attached to cheating the game or taking PEDs, while suggesting Furosemide is not actually a performance-enhancing substance and something he got for medical need.
But ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn seems to disagree with Cano's assessment of the substance he tested positive for.
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.
"He made a mistake", the Mariners said. "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". "Our organization fully supports the program".
"He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologised to the fans, the organisation and his teammates".
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"While I did not realise at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful", Cano said in the statement.
The 80-game suspension is without pay, meaning Cano will miss out on almost half of the $24 million that he was owed for the 2018 season. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.
In 2013, Cano would sign a 10-year deal with the Mariners worth $240 million. He's now on the disabled list with a broken hand.
Whether Cano reaches that mark or not, his Hall of Fame case will include questions about the legitimacy of his accomplishments.
A source told MLB.com that Cano has been tested at least once since the positive test result.