Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners suspended 80 games for drug violation

Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners

Cano maintained that he used the drug to treat an unspecified medical condition, though baseball rules state that the league will treat a diuretic as a positive test if its independent program administrator "determines that the player meant to avoid detection of his use of another prohibited substance". He tested positive not for a traditional performance enhancer, but for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to mask other substances.

Cano in a statement admitted that he took Furosemide and said it was given to him by a licensed medical doctor in the Dominican Republic to "treat a medial ailment". Sold under the brand name.

But ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn seems to disagree with Cano's assessment of the substance he tested positive for.

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Because the substance involved was a diuretic, the drug agreement called for Cano to be retested.

After Martin made that determination, the union filed a grievance last month.

The 35-year-old second baseman spent the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees, and news of his suspension shocked his former teammates.

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"It's surprising, because I know Robby".

Cano suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand when he was struck by a pitch from Detroit's Blaine Hardy on Sunday. No, no, no, no. Ryan Braun was a drug cheat. In his career, Cano has hit 305 home runs in 2,037 games. (Cano's time on the DL counts toward his suspension.) The Mariners don't have a top middle-infield prospect close to the majors to turn to, but center fielder Dee Gordon said he is open to transitioning back to second, where he played the majority of his career entering this season.

Cano can serve his suspension while on the disabled list but is now ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners get there and end the longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports. So if you're going to make arguments or consider Hall votes based on legacies, it might make more sense to come down harder on those players actually busted for breaking the rules than those who happened to hit long home runs or throw blazing fastballs 15 or 20 years ago.

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If there are no games postponed, the Mariners have 11 off days during the time of the ban, so Cano would lose 91-186ths of his $24 million salary, which comes to $11,741,936. But now, he's not going to be playing for a while anyway.

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