Seattle Mariners' Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation

Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs in baseball stunner

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According to, Cano received the 80-game ban after testing positive for Furosemide, more commonly referred to as a "water pill", which helps to flush the body of liquid, thus causing more urine and diluting a drug test sample.

The Mariners did not specify what happened, but multiple sources say Cano failed a PED (Performance Enhancing Drug) test. According to CBS Sports, he tested positive for Furosemide, a type of diuretic. Cano landed on the disabled list Monday after breaking a bone in his right hand after getting hit by a pitch during Sunday's game in Detroit. "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 said in the statement.

In his four-plus seasons with the Mariners, Cano owns a.294 batting average and an.824 OPS, and he averaged 24 homers and 90 RBIs per season from 2014-17.

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Cano also issued a statement on his social media accounts.

For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor of my life. He said he would accept the suspension, which begins immediately. This was the most hard decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance. During the appeal, Major League Baseball apparently was able to determine his intent, resulting in Cano dropping his appeal, the source said. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge". Nothing showed up on that test.

Last season he hit the game-winning home run for the American League in the 10th inning of the All-Star game. He will lose his salary for the 80 games, an accumulation of more than $11 million. Cano was reportedly offered a seven-year, $175 million contract to return to the Yankees, but turned it down in favor of the longer and more profitable contract in Seattle.

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