The league announced Cano's suspension Tuesday in a stunning development for the stalwart in the middle of the Mariners' lineup and a club expected to contend for a postseason spot in the American League.
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.
"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", Cano said.More news: Canadian-born 'Superman' actress Margot Kidder dead at 69
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The 35-year-old second baseman spent the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees, and news of his suspension shocked his former teammates. Cano is an eight-time All-Star -he was the MVP of the game a year ago - but now must deal with the stigma of a suspension.
"It's surprising, because I know Robbie".
Cano was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken pinky bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch last Sunday, but he will be able to begin serving his 80-day suspension while he rehabilitates from that injury. He is making $24 million this season, so the expected almost 50 percent of his 2018 pay is now going away with the suspension. He was batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this year.
Cano has played at least 150 games each season since 2007. But now, he's not going to be playing for a while anyway.