In addition to missing the next 80 Seattle regular-season games, Cano is also ineligible to play in postseason games should the Mariners qualify.
Cano added that he didn't understand the substance was banned: "For greater than fifteen years, enjoying skilled baseball has been the best honor and privilege of my life". He was batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this year.
Even if the Mariners find a way to get by while Cano is suspended, who knows what they'll be getting back upon his return. On the most basic level, flouting the sport's rules to gain an edge on the competition, while hundreds of contemporaries choose to play clean, eats at the moral code held dear by many players, fans, and media members.
Cano, 35, was put on the disabled list this week with a fractured hand after he was hit by a pitch by an 88 mile per hour fastball in Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers.
The Yankees still have four players that were pinstriped teammates of Cano's, so the news was unsettling to them.