Dee Gordon ready to play second base for Mariners with Cano out

Mariners' star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating joint drug agreement

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano Gets 80-Game Ban

That substance was a diuretic called Furosemide (also known as Lasix), and using it is a violation of MLB's drug prevention and treatment program. Furthermore, a source told ESPN that Cano's positive test occurred prior to the season at which point the veteran second baseman appealed.

"The substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". He said he did not realize it was banned.

Cano suffered a broken fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Tigers' reliever Blaine Hardy on Sunday, and he was placed on the disabled list Monday.

Cano's suspension was a shock to his team. Alex Rodriguez, when he played, was a drug cheat. He will be out for six to eight weeks, which will count towards his suspension.

The Mariners issued a statement saying they were disappointed.

The Mariners subsequently released a statement of their own, which read: "Robinson made a mistake. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

Gordon spent the first seven years of his Major League Baseball career as a middle infielder before shifting to center field for the 2018 campaign following an offseason trade from Miami to Seattle.

"It's surprising, because I know Robby. But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", said Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, who was teammates with Braun in Milwaukee before the Brewers slugger tested positive for PEDs. In parts of five seasons with the Mariners, Canó is slashing.294/.353/.471 with 147 doubles and 101 home runs.

Cano, 35, is batting.287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season.

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