Behind the 'masking' drug that got Robinson Cano banned

MLB suspends Seattle's Robinson Canó 80 games for drug violation

After leaving Sunday's game with a fractured bone in his right hand, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano tested positive on Tuesday for furosemide and has been suspended 80 games.

"Robinson made a mistake", the Mariners wrote in a statement following news of the suspension.

Major League Baseball said Cano's time on the disabled list will count toward his 80-game suspension.

Cano isn't the only notable Mariners player to be suspended for violating the Major League Baseball drug policy.

It was a very different response than how he addressed then-teammate Jhonny Peralta's suspension in 2013.

Cano will undergo surgery on Wednesday to fix thew fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. He will be eligible to return in mid-August, but will be ineligible for the postseason if the Mariners qualify. Today it was announced that he has tested positive for a banned PED substance and will be suspended for 80 games.

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will have ample time to let his injured hand heal. The 14-year veteran has been incredibly durable over the course of his career and time with the Mariners.

Under MLB's drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he meant to use it as a masking agent. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout.

What did Robinson Cano get caught using?

"It's surprising, because I know Robbie". No, no, no, no. Ryan Braun was a drug cheat.

Cano is now out of action with a broken right pinky, suffered when he was hit by a pitch in a game Sunday in Detroit.

Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto spoke about losing one of the team's top players a couple of hours before the game.

If there are no games postponed, the Mariners have 11 off days during the time of the ban, so Cano would lose 91-186ths of his $24 million salary, which comes to $11,741,936. Baseball's drug program doesn't distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player.

The eight-time All-Star selection was batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season, his fifth with Seattle.

"We're all disappointed, we just lost one of our best players".

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