Robbie Cano suspended for 80 games for PED
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Seattle Mariner’s All-Star 2nd baseman was suspended on Tuesday for 80 games. Cano was caught testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that is sold under the name Lasix. Furosemide is often used as a masking agent. He had an appeal that he has dropped and will serve the suspension immediately. As an added punishment, when/if Cano comes back in 2018, he will be declared ineligible for the playoffs.
The 8x All-Star came over to Seattle from the New York Yankees 5 years ago to be the cornerstone of PNW ball club. With a monster 10 year $240 million contract, Cano was looked to bring the M’s out of the playoff doldrums. Cano delivered with several solid years including a 2016 campaign where he hit 39 home runs. He was injured on Sunday when he was hit by a pitch fracturing his wrist.
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This bodes ill for a Mariner squad who now have a hole at 2nd base. Former White Soxs Gordan Beckham looks to vie for the position against former Angel/Tiger Andrew Romaine. While defensively there isn’t much of a drop off, offensively both veterans have batting averages that hover around the .230. Losing the 3 hitter and replacing it with a back of the order player will force the likes of Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager to step up their game.