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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Robinson Cano’s explanation for his drug violation does not seem to add up

Robinson Cano has accepted the 80-game suspension Major League Baseball has handed down on him for performance-enhancing drug use, but his explanation for why he tested positive makes little sense.

Cano said in a statement that he tested positive for Furosemide, which he claims he was given by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to “treat a medical ailment.” He noted that Furosemide is not a performance-enhancing drug and that he did not realize it was on MLB’s banned substance list.

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn provided some more information about Cano’s suspension, and it seems to indicate the All-Star second baseman has a big hole in his story. According to Quinn, a player cannot automatically be suspended for using Furosemide, which is a diuretic. Furosemide is commonly used to mask PED use, but MLB still has to prove the player used the substance to mask something else before a suspension is handed down.

As Quinn noted, Cano has decided to drop his appeal. If he is telling the truth, how would MLB be able to present a strong case that he used Furosemide to mask some sort of performance-enhancing drug use?

Cano’s suspension will be up in mid-August, but he has also been ruled ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners qualify. It makes sense that he has decided to drop his appeal given the injury he suffered over the weekend.

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