Top tier second basemen, Robinson Cano, has been handed an 80 game suspension following a failed drug test on Tuesday. What the fuck Robbie? I’m not going to take anything away from Cano here, he has multiple silver sluggers, all-star appearances, gold gloves, etc. Bottom line, Cano is still one of the best second basemen, if not, all around players in the game right now. But, now he may have an asterisk next to his name alongside Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, just to name a few.
MLB confirms Robinson Cano tested positive for Ferosemide, otherwise known as a “water pill.” Helps to flush body of liquid causing more urine, and for a drug test, a diluted sample.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 15, 2018
The test was administered during the offseason and the ruling was given on Tuesday. This makes the news a little easier to take because if it took this long for a team of researchers (que the scientist montage) to figure out if this, in fact, was a performance enhancing drug. He notes in his statement that it is not a PED. But let’s be honest, who really knows what a PED is. Push aside the fact that you probably hate the Yankees and this news hurts to the core. This guy was for sure Cooperstown material in my opinion and now it might all be in the shitter. Not to mention the dent that this puts in the Mariners lineup, who were only a game and a half behind the Angels and Astros and postseason hopefuls. Nonetheless Cano is expected to be back August 14th, assuming no games get postponed.
Cano released this statement following the acceptance of his suspension,
“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a performance-enhancing substance. Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and Dominican Republic. This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.
For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor of my life. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and after undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one.
Today I decided to accept MLB’s suspension. This was the most difficult 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. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season.”