Mariners' Cano banned 80 games for positive test

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According to baseball reporter Hector Gomez, Cano will be suspended by Major League Baseball after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Second baseman Cano, one of baseball's highest paid players and a likely future Hall of Famer, tested positive for the banned diuretic Furosemide, the league said.

After Martin made that determination, the union filed a grievance last month. Cano is an eight-time All-Star but now must deal with the stigma of a suspension. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the Mariners said in a statement.

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The Mariners subsequently released a statement of their own, which read: "Robinson made a mistake".

This comes out of nowhere and just a day after Cano landed on the disabled list for a fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization. He was scheduled to see a specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday, which could bring a more precise timetable to what is in line to be an extended injury absence. That means he will be eligible to return in the 121st game of this season. In 2012, it was rumored that Cano had failed a drug test, and the rumor gained so much traction that Cano, his agent (at the time) Scott Boras, and an Major League Baseball spokesperson all had to comment on it. Cano hadn't failed a drug test, and the reporter who started the rumor publicly apologized for fabricating the entire thing.

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. He is batting.287 with 23 RBIs and 10 home runs in 39 games played this season for the Mariners, who are now in third place in the American League West, one and a half games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Angels. He's appeared healthier and quicker than the past few seasons when he's played through leg injuries that at times limited his range. Cano batted.423 (11-of-26) with a homer and six RBI as Seattle won four times.

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