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Mariners second baseman Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation

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Mariners should have better idea Tuesday on Cano recovery

Seattle Mariners superstar Robinson Cano - one of the best players in baseball - will be suspended for 80 games after testing positive for steroids. this according to multiple reports.

The MLB released a statement, claiming Cano did not test positive for PED's, but he did test positive for Furosemide, a diuretic.

The eight-time All-Star broke the pinkie finger of his right hand when hit by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy on Sunday at the Detroit.

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.

"Robinson made a mistake".

"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said in part. Cano said in his statement that the diuretic is "not a Performance Enhancing Substance", but it is banned because it can act as a masking agent, lowering the levels of banned substances that might be in the body. While it was initially thought that Cano wouldn't be able to serve the suspension while on the disabled list, it turns out the suspension is effective immediately, so the veteran second baseman will be eligible to return in mid-August. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. They could be without him longer because of a failed drug test for a performing enhancing substance. Cano had not missed a game this season and had played in at least 150 games in 11 consecutive seasons.

Cano, 35, is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners that he signed before the 2014 season.

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