He tested positive not for a traditional performance enhancer, but for Furosemide, a diuretic often used to mask other substances.
"For more than fifteen years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said.
A source familiar with the case told ESPN's T.J. Quinn that Cano tested positive before the season and appealed. He said he didn't realize it was banned. He was placed on the disabled list Monday and, according to multiple reports, had surgery on Tuesday.
Cano didn't fight the suspension. Alex Rodriguez, when he played, was a drug cheat.
He's been to eight All-Star games, six of them while in pinstripes.
"Today I chose to accept MLB's suspension". I apologize to my family, friends, fans, team-mates and the Mariners organization. "I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season".More news: Soros-backed foundation leaving Hungary
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The Mariners subsequently released a statement of their own, which read: "Robinson made a mistake".
"We love Robinson Cano".
Gordon spent the first seven years of his Major League Baseball career as a middle infielder before shifting to center field for the 2018 campaign following an offseason trade from Miami to Seattle.
"It's surprising, because I know Robbie. But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia said. This season, he's slashing.287/.385/.441 with 10 doubles and four home runs. They probably have more organizational depth in the outfield than middle infield without Cano, too, so a move to where Gordon is more comfortable makes sense.
Dee Gordon says that he is ready to play second base for the Seattle Mariners while Robinson Cano is out.