Dee Gordon ready to play second base for Mariners with Cano out

Posted May 16, 2018

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball (MLB) after testing positive for a banned substance, the league announced on Tuesday.

"After undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one", Cano continued.

Cano said he was given furosemide by a licensed doctor in his native Dominican Republic and that the substance is used to treat "various medical conditions" there and in the United States.

Seattle Mariners' Guillermo Heredia left is embraced by Dee Gordon after Heredia hit a one-run single to beat the Texas Rangers in the 11th inning of a baseball game Tuesday

Furosemide, sold under the name Lasix, can be purchased without a prescription and is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid buildup.

But ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn seems to disagree with Cano's assessment of the substance he tested positive for.

Cano said he was caught using a furosemide, which people throughout the game consider a drug masking agent. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline.

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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 is the first PED suspension in his 14-year career. Bonds, the game's all-time leader in home runs, has topped out at 56.4 percent of the 75 percent needed for induction in six years on the ballot.

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

Cano suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand when he was struck by a pitch from Detroit's Blaine Hardy on Sunday. Cano was examined Tuesday in Philadelphia by Dr Randall Culp and is expected to have surgery on the injury on Wednesday.

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Cano, who has hit at least 20 home runs in eight of the past nine seasons, was hitting.287 with four home runs before breaking his hand.

Add Robinson Cano to a long list of Yankees who have steroid and drug pasts. While Cano will lose more than $11 million in salary during his suspension, the team is still on the hook for $120 million owed his way over the next five seasons.

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.

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