The post-season hopes for the Seattle Marines took a big hit on Tuesday with the news that second baseman Robinson Cano is suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the diuretic furosemide. Effective immediately, the suspension was brought down by Major League Baseball (MLB), as it violates the league’s drug prevention and treatment program.
Cano spoke through a statement by the MLB Players Association, stating that furosemide is not a performance-enhancing drug and that he would never do anything to cheat in the game that he loves. The 35-year-old alleges that he was given the drug for medical purposes by a doctor while visiting his native Dominican Republic.
It has a been a rough week for Cano. After being hit by a pitch from Detroit’s Blaine Hardy on Sunday, Cano underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand. According to MLB rules, Cano’s time on the disabled list as a result of the injury will count toward his suspension. The key difference is that players placed on the disabled list still receive a salary, while Cano will not be paid any compensation during his suspension, losing a total of $11.85 million of the $24 million he was set to receive in 2018. The former eight-time All-Star is also ineligible for the 2018 All-Star Game and the post-season, regardless of whether the Mariners get that far.
In his fifth year with the Mariners, Cano was batting .287, bringing in 23 RBIs and sending four over the fence. Most importantly, Cano was a stalwart for the team, not missing one game this season until he was injured on Sunday. Prior to joining the Mariners, Cano played for nine years with the New York Yankees.