Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Mariners' Cano gets 80-game ban, loses more than $11M in salary

Report: Robinson Cano to be suspended 80 games for PED use Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano to be suspended for 80 games for positive drug test
Frederick Owens | 15 May, 2018, 22:45

The 80-game suspension is without pay, meaning Cano will miss out on almost half of the $24 million that he was owed for the 2018 season.

But ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn pointed out on Twitter that player are not automatically suspended for taking diruetics.

Hope the Mariner's have free agent Brandon Phillips on speed dial. Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners announced that besides missing probably at least four weeks due to a broken pinkie suffered when he was hit by a pitch, 2nd baseman Robinson Cano will be suspended 80 games for violating MLB's Joint Drug and Prevention Program standards.

"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance", Cano said in a statement. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the Mariners said in a statement. Cano tested positive before the season and appealed the suspension, but has now made a decision to drop the appeal, according to T.J. Cano tested positive before the season. This was the most hard decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance.

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Cano will lose roughly half of his salary for the 2018 season, or more than $11 million, according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.

Robinson Cano has had what many claim to be a Hall of Fame career.

His injury and now suspension comes at a time when the Mariners are sitting in 3rd place in the American League West, and are 23-17, only 1.5 games back of the Astros and Angels, who are tied for first. Cano was hit on the right hand by Blaine Hardy, and fractured his fifth metacarpal. He'll nevertheless be issued an 80-game suspension and will not be eligible to play in the postseason if the Mariners qualify. In his rookie year, Cano would hit.297 with 14 home runs and 62 RBI.

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