Seattle Mariners star second baseman, Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy on Tuesday. He tested positive not for a traditional performance enhancer, but for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to mask other substances.
In a statement released on Twitter, Cano said he was using Furosemide which he said "is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic".
Furosemide, normally sold under the brand name Lasix, blocks sodium, chloride and water from being reabsorbed into the blood before becoming urine, thus causing an increase in urination.
The All-Star tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic banned by the Major League Baseball drug prevention program. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, which is a diuretic banned by MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The Mariners were already without Robinson Cano because of a fracture in his right hand. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge". The 80-game suspension will cost Cano $11.85 million from his $24 million salary.
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Current designated hitter Nelson Cruz served a 50-game suspension while with the Rangers in 2013 for violations of the drug agreement, in relation to the sport's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic. The 80-game suspension is mandatory for a first offence for performance-enhancing drug (PED) usage. Losing Cano will certainly test this team over the course of the next few months. Cano won't be eligible to return until the middle of August.
The Mariners are expected to make an announcement later in the day.
Prior to going on the DL, Cano was hitting.287 with an OPS of.825. The Mariners will likely turn to Andrew Romine to fill in a second base.
They called up Gordon Beckham from AAA to replace Cano during his injury. He is second all-time in homers by a second baseman behind only Jeff Kent (377). Cano is an eight-time All-Star but now must deal with the stigma of a suspension. "Guys throughout the lineup and really our whole ballclub really need to step up".
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