Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games for Violating Drug Policy
by 15 May 2018, 2:37 PM
Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will be suspended 80 games for violating the MLB drug agreement.
Cano tested positive for a diuretic, a medicine that causes the passing of fluids through your body at an increased rate. Cano said in a statement that he did not realize that what he was taking was banned by the league.
The Dominican-born Cano is playing in his 14th season in the MLB, his fifth for the Mariners.
The eight-time All-Star was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after being hit in the hand by a pitch from the Detroit Tigers’ Blaine Hardy. Cano, who was diagnosed with a broken hand, could be on the disabled list for another 4-6 weeks. His suspension, however, will start immediately.
#MLB says Cano’s time on the DL will count toward his 80-game suspension. Baseball’s drug program doesn’t distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player. However, he will lose his salary and is ineligible for the postseason and the All-Star Game.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) May 15, 2018
Cano has posted impressive numbers over his career, batting .304 with 305 home runs, winning the Silver Slugger Award five times.
A suspension for violating the MLB’s drug policy could tarnish the lefty slugger’s reputation and a chance at the Hall of Fame.