Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) is checked by medical staff and manager Scott Servais (29) after being hit by a pitch in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
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.
"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance", he said. "I feel comfortable now because I got the money, but money's not everything".
Cano, 35, tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic that is often used to help mask banned substances in urine tests. Not to mention, Cano has a full no-trade clause, meaning he won't be easy to get rid of even if other teams are interested. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline.
As for how the rest of this will play out, Cano's current time on the disabled list will count as time served during his suspension.
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None of that, nor Cano's more conventional career stats (.304/.354/.493, 305 home runs, 522 doubles, 1,206 RBI, 1,168 runs scored while playing one of the most demanding positions on the diamond), nor his accolades (eight All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger awards, two Gold Gloves) trump today's suspension announcement ... at least if recent history is any indication.
"It's surprising, because I know Robby. But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", said Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, who was teammates with Braun in Milwaukee before the Brewers slugger tested positive for PEDs.
The suspension was announced two days after the first significant injury during Cano's tenure in Seattle. Cano was examined Tuesday in Philadelphia by Dr Randall Culp and is expected to have surgery on the injury on Wednesday. He was batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this year.
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.
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.