Seattle Mariners superstar Robinson Cano — one of the best players in baseball –has accepted an 80 game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.
However, Cano insists he did NOT take steroids or any other performance enhancing drug … he insists he made a simple mistake when taking a prescribed medication.
“Recently, I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance,” Cano said in a statement.
“Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic.”
“This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.”
“While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.”
The issue … Furosemide can be used as a masking agent to hide PEDs — and that’s why it’s banned.
The 35-year-old is currently nursing a broken hand which he suffered Sunday when he was hit by a pitch while playing against the Detroit Tigers.
MLB says he will be allowed to start serving his suspension immediately, despite the injury.
The 2nd baseman — an 8-time All-Star — is in the middle of a 10-year contract worth $240 MILLION. Many people believe he was headed to the Hall of Fame … but this could derail that.
Cano adds, “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.”