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Robinson Cano Violates League Drug Policy

Suspended 80 Games

May 16, 2018 - 9:56 am

By Austin Medina

Another stain on the integrity of baseball.

Eight-time All Star Robinson Cano tested positive for a banned substance known as Furosemide. Furosemide, though not a performing enhancing drug, can be used to mask the use of actual PEDs. Cano released a statement regarding his failed drug test.

In the statement, Cano states that “(Furosemide) was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.” Cano just fractured a metacarpal bone in his right hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday.

He went on to adamantly deny any use of PEDs, stating he “would never cheat the rules of the game that I love. I have never tested positive for a Performing Enhancing Substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one.”

Many have come to scrutinize Cano’s statement, as testing positive for a diuretic substance such as Furosemide is used to mask the use of PEDs.

The news is a big blow to the MLB, the Seattle Mariners and fans across the globe. For a player such as Cano to get caught after 13 seasons was shocking. The Mariners, who are just 1.5 games out of first place in the AL West, will now be without their best player for half the season. If Seattle makes the playoffs, Cano will not be able to play due to the suspension rules.

Cano has a Hall of Fame resume, as he’s a career .304 hitter, 305 home runs and more than 2400 hits. He is a five-time Silver Slugger and won a World Series Championship with the Yankees in 2009.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander threw shade at Cano releasing this tweet once news broke of Cano’s suspension.

Regardless of who’s on either side, the news is a low blow to the league. It will be a tough time for Cano to gain the respect of fans back as well as the respect of the Hall of Fame committee.