Robinson Cano suspended for 80 games

Mariners star tested positive for banned substance

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Cano, 35, tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic that is often used to help mask banned substances in urine tests.

"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called furosemide, which is not a performance-enhancing substance," Cano said in a statement issued by the MLB Players Association.

"Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. 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 was placed on the disabled list on Monday due to a broken right hand he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Despite being on the DL, his suspension will start immediately and he will not be eligible for postseason play or the All-Star Game this season.



"We were disappointed to learn today that Robinson had violated the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Our organization fully supports the program," the Mariners said in a statement. "Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge."

The violation was first reported Tuesday morning by Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 in the Dominican Republic.

Gomez cited "off the record sources and non-official reports" in breaking the news, which was later confirmed by various media outlets ahead of the official MLB announcement.



Cano, who was expected to miss six to eight weeks if surgery is needed for his broken hand, was hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs so far this season.