Cano insisted the furosemide isn't a performance-enhancing drug, although it is listed as such under MLB's joint drug agreement. In a statement released through the players' association, Cano said, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment".
"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said in a statement. "It works by acting on the kidneys to increase the flow of urine".
"Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Cano tested positive before the season, appealed and dropped the appeal", Quinn tweeted.
If we assume that Cano is being completely forthcoming, the suspension is devastating not just for his 2018 season but for his entire career. Yet, it didn't look like Astros pitcher Justin Verlander was feeling particularly sorry for Cano.
Cardinals: St. Louis placed right-hander Adam Wainwright back on the 10-day disabled list after struggling with velocity in his last start and said he needed "to pause and get it right". According to one report, the timing is merely a coincidence. The good news? He'll be on the DL for a while anyway, and that time will count towards his suspension.
"There are obviously legitimate reasons why furosemide would be prescribed, but there's also a reason why it's banned", Oliver Catlin, an anti-doping expert and president of the Banned Substances Control Group, told USA TODAY Sports.
Catlin questioned why Cano didn't seek the advice of the Mariners' team doctor, who could have requested a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) on his behalf so he could use it without violating baseball's drug policy. As a professional athlete, one of the first things you should do with any treatment is check you are allowed to take it.
"Robinson made a mistake". Players have to be able to have lives but it comes with the territory to always be suspicions.
Cano released a statement through the MLBPA following the announcement of his suspension, which is effective immediately, accepting that he had taken the substance but that he had not done so to gain an unfair advantage. "Personally, I didn't have the statistical value Robinson Cano had at that point in my career when I went through it", Gordon said. It will then be another five years after Cano retires before he is first appears on the Hall of Fame ballot. I would consider him for his numbers alongside all of the other eligible players at the time. Sadly though this may now be enough to swing those voters who were on the fence. 80 games is a lot of time to miss.