Robinson Cano to Receive 80-Game Suspension for Furosemide
It is hard to believe that Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano's broken finger he suffered Sunday night after getting hit by a pitch is the least of his problems. The 35-year old will be suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball without pay for violating the game's joint drug agreement. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a pill used to treat high blood pressure, but it is also a masking agent for other drugs or steroids.
Cano has been one of baseball's most consistent second basemen for his entire 13-year career. He broke in with the New York Yankees in 2005 and joined the Mariners in 2014. Last season, he hit .280 with 23 home runs and 97 RBIs. He is a career .304 hitter with 305 homers and 1,206 RBIs. Cano is currently 583 hits away from 3,000 and was a shoe-in for Cooperstown. Today's news could change everything for the native of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. Cano claims that he was given Furosemide to treat a medical ailment by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic. He issued the followed statement through the MLB Player's Association.