Robinson Cano To Be Suspended 80 Games ... for Steroids

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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball announced.

In 39 games this season Cano is hitting.287 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in.

A two-time Gold Glove victor, Cano began his Major League Baseball career with the Yankees in 2005 and signed as a free agent with Seattle in 2013.

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"Robinson made a mistake", the team's statement said.

Cano has released a statement accepting the supension through his Twitter account.

Cano has already come out with the cookie cutter denial we always see, with the word "never" attached to cheating the game or taking PEDs, while suggesting Furosemide is not actually a performance-enhancing substance and something he got for medical need. The suspension is now official and effective immediately, even though Cano was just placed on the disabled list Monday. He said he didn't realize it was banned. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his team-mates. They could be without him longer because of a failed drug test for a performing enhancing substance. His reliability had been one of his greatest assets: he'd appeared in at least 150 games in every season since 2007, and hadn't posted an OPS+ below 110 since 2008. However, he will lose salary - $11.85 million of his $24 million deal for 2018, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell - and is ineligible for the postseason and the All-Star Game. With 305 career home runs, 2,417 hits, eight All-Star game appearances, and two Gold Gloves he probably would have been an choice for Cooperstown by the end of his career... who knows after this.

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