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Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Ban

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Ban

Dee Gordon says that he is ready to play second base for the Seattle Mariners while Robinson Cano is out. This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. He tested positive not for a traditional performance enhancer, but for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to mask other substances. "I felt like I had to prove to everyone that I could play when I came back". The next step was for Thomas Martin, the independent program administrator hired by the Major League Baseball and the players' association, to determine whether the use of Furosemide was an attempt to "to substitute, dilute, mask or adulterate a specimen or in any other manner alter a test", according to the joint drug program.

Cano's suspension was a shock to his team. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline. It is the first PED suspension in his 14-year career.

None of that, nor Cano's more conventional career stats (.304/.354/.493, 305 home runs, 522 doubles, 1,206 RBI, 1,168 runs scored while playing one of the most demanding positions on the diamond), nor his accolades (eight All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger awards, two Gold Gloves) trump today's suspension announcement ... at least if recent history is any indication.

The suspension begins immediately, though Cano, 35, an eight-time all-star, is now on the disabled list with a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday.

"It's surprising, because I know Robbie".




Cano was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken pinky bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch last Sunday, but he will be able to begin serving his 80-day suspension while he rehabilitates from that injury. The Milwaukee Brewers have found with Ryan Braun that there isn't much of a market for disgraced former stars even if they go back to having success. That injury was expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks if surgery was required. Before breaking his hand, Cano hadn't missed a game this season, and he hasn't played in fewer than 150 games in any of the past 11 seasons.

Add Robinson Cano to a long list of Yankees who have steroid and drug pasts.

If you're going to draw a line, though, there's some logical consistency to treating players like Cano, A-Rod, and Ramirez differently than you would Bonds or Clemens.

Cano, 35, is batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season.