Robinson Cano, the Mariners second baseman and former Yankees star, has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating its joint drug agreement, the league announced Tuesday.
The ban, which is without pay and is effective immediately, is for Cano’s use of Furosemide, a diuretic that is in violation of baseball’s policy.
Hector Gomez, a journalist in the Dominican Republic, first reported news of the discipline.
“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance,” Cano said in a statement. “Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the 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 wish now that I had been more careful.
“For more than fifteen years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege 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,” Cano added. “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.
— Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) May 15, 2018