Robinson Cano hit with 80-game drug ban in MLB stunner

Robbie Cano, dontcha know better.

The former Yankees and current Mariners star is being suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. MLB said he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that is sold under the name Lasix, which Cano noted isn’t a performance-enhancing drug. But it is seen as a masking agent.

“Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic,” Cano said in a statement. “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.”

Cano, a presumed future Hall of Famer, was set to miss an extended period anyway after he broke a bone in his hand Sunday, when he got struck by a pitch. The suspension begins immediately.

The 35-year-old, a staple at second base who has played at least 150 games each season since 2007, was batting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this year.

Cano is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240 million deal he signed after the 2013 season when he opted to leave the Yankees for Seattle.

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