Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Ban

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The 14-year veteran has been incredibly durable over the course of his career and time with the Mariners.

Gomez's report was then confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the eight-time All-Star's fractured right hand will require surgery. According to Rosenthal, the time Cano spends on the disabled list will count towards his suspension. Under the terms of the JDA, Cano will serve his suspension during his recovery.

Cano said he was caught using a furosemide, which people throughout the game consider a drug masking agent. Alex Rodriguez, when he played, was a drug cheat.

Cano is the biggest baseball star busted since Melky Cabrera was suspended in 2012 while leading the National League in hitting. That could be the answer to plugging the hole at second base created by Robinson Cano's PED suspension.

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

This isn't just a one-year problem for the Mariners. The Mariners are attempting to keep pace with the Los Angeles Angels and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

Additionally, the loss of his bat will be crucial to the Mariners offense. Gordon moving to second would open more playing time in the outfield for Guillermo Heredia. May. The team certainly had the makings of a playoff caliber season in the works. Seattle now stands 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, 2.5 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays. Baseball's drug program doesn't distinguish between a healthy and unhealthy player.

The All-Star second baseman was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday for violating baseball's drug agreement, becoming among the most prominent players disciplined under the sport's anti-doping rules.

In this case, if Cano had a medical reason for using the substance he could have sought out a Therapeutic Use Exemption to use furosemide. It used to be that we would find out about players being definitively linked to PEDs well after they allegedly used them and the team had already reaped the benefits.

"In this particular instance we're going to be without one of our best players and got to find a way to bridge the gap", Dipoto said.

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