Major League Baseball suspends Seattle's Robinson Canó 80 games for drug violation

Robinson Cano

Furthermore, a source told ESPN that Cano's positive test occurred prior to the season at which point the veteran second baseman appealed.

Mariners' second baseman Robinson Cano will be banned 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug (PEDs).

In a statement released by the players' union, Cano said a doctor in his native Dominican Republic prescribed the medication to treat an unspecified medical ailment.

Cano's suspension runs until mid-August, but we shouldn't expect Verlander's skepticism to diminish by then.

Canó is in the fifth season of a 10-year, $240m contract with Seattle. "I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization".

Cano's suspension is for the use of Furosemide, a diuretic, which is seen as a masking agent for performance-enhancing drugs.

"We love Robinson Cano".

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.

"Robinson made a mistake", the Mariners said in a statement.

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.