Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games by Major League Baseball for Positive PED Test

Robinson Cano Robinson Cano has been one of MLB's top infielders for a decade. | Paul Sancya AP
Kristopher Love | 15 May, 2018, 22:00

Cano was placed on the disabled list over the weekend due to a broken right hand he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the Mariners' 4-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

He'll be forced to sit out 80 games as this is his first violation of the MLB's drug policy. The suspension is effective immediately. After that, the punishments are upped, with a second-time offender receiving a full-season banishment, and a third-time offender receiving a lifetime ban from the sport.

The eight-time All-Star selection was batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season, his fifth with Seattle. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic which is commonly used to mask PED usage. He is batting.287 with 23 RBIs and 10 home runs in 39 games played this season for the Mariners, who are now in third place in the American League West, one and a half games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Angels. Cano seemed prime to one day join the 3,000 Hit Club, as he sits fewer than 600 knocks away with five years remaining on his contract.

Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners.

Unless they make a trade, the Mariners will utilize Andrew Romine and Gordon Beckham at second base until then.