Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mariners' Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games for PED Use

Mariners' Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games for PED Use

So, not surprisingly, it didn't take long for the former AL Cy Young victor to sound off when he heard Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano had received an 80-game suspension for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention policy. The 14-year veteran has been incredibly durable over the course of his career and time with the Mariners.

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Current designated hitter Nelson Cruz served a 50-game suspension while with the Rangers in 2013 for violations of the drug agreement, in relation to the sport's investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic.

Cano quickly accepted the suspension and also provided an explanation for his positive test.

Under MLB's drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he meant to use it as a masking agent.

Cano's suspension runs until mid-August, but we shouldn't expect Verlander's skepticism to diminish by then.

As expected, Cano will be forced to go under the knife to fix the broken bone at the base of his right pinkie finger, an injury he suffered just days before being handed an 80-game suspension for failing a drug test.

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The 35-year-old Cano is hitting.287 with four home runs, 23 RBIs and an.826 OPS in 39 games this season.

Losing a player of Cano's caliber will be damaging to the Mariners, especially given how heavy the competition in the American League West is this year. According to the New York Times, the drug is one of 56 banned substances listed under "diuretics and masking agents" in Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

There is another effect of Cano's suspension that could prove to be crucial for the Seattle Mariners. Taking his place at second base will be Gordon Beckham who was called up from Triple-A. The team certainly had the makings of a playoff caliber season in the works. We've been down in games 3-nothing, 5-nothing, we come back.

So where do the Mariners (and Cano) go from here?

It is only May, and there is a lot of baseball yet to be played, but it is also hard to ignore the steep price that the Mariners might have to pay. How much of Cano's star-level production has been the product of PED use?

Gordon was suspended 80 games during the 2016 season.

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