Sunday afternoon, Robinson Canó would leave the game after taking a pitch off his hand. But now, he’s not going to be playing for a while anyway. That’s because on Tuesday, MLB would serve him with an 80-game suspension for violating their PED policy. The substance in question? The diuretic furosemide, a masking agent. For the most part, Canó owns up to it. Mostly.
“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance.”
I mean, by the definition of their policy, it technically is a performance enhancing substance, but anyway. Canó continues:
“… For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and after undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a performance enhancing substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one.”
The bad news for Canó and the Mariners? 80 games is a lot of time to miss. The good news? He’ll be on the DL for a while anyway, and that time will count towards his suspension. This season, he’s slashing .287/.385/.441 with 10 doubles and four home runs. In parts of five seasons with the Mariners, Canó is slashing .294/.353/.471 with 147 doubles and 101 home runs.
That’s not easily replaceable.