Take 5: Where do Mariners, Cano go from here?

Take 5: Where do Mariners, Cano go from here?

Take 5: Where do Mariners, Cano go from here?

The Mariners subsequently released a statement of their own, which read: "Robinson made a mistake". This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. "I feel comfortable now because I got the money, but money's not everything".

According to ESPN, MLB's drug policy has a rule that states a player won't be automatically suspended for a diuretic unless the league is able to prove he used it as a masking agent. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline.

Entering this year, Cano was putting together a career worthy of first-ballot induction into the Hall of Fame.

Cano was placed on the disabled list on Monday due to a broken right hand he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the Mariners' 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Cano is an eight-time All-Star -he was the MVP of the game a year ago - but now must deal with the stigma of a suspension.

"It's surprising, because I know Robbie". Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout. "But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", said Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, who was teammates with Braun in Milwaukee before the Brewers slugger tested positive for PEDs. That injury was expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks if surgery was required.

In 39 games this season, Cano slashed.287/.385/.441 with four homers and 23 RBI for the Mariners, who now face the challenge of replacing a huge contributor in the middle of the Mariners lineup in the wake of Cano's suspension and hand injury. While Cano will lose more than $11 million in salary during his suspension, the team is still on the hook for $120 million owed his way over the next five seasons. His 305 home runs are second all time among those to primarily play the position behind only Jeff Kent, and his 1,206 RBIs rank eighth and his 2,417 hits are 12th among second basemen.

If you're going to draw a line, though, there's some logical consistency to treating players like Cano, A-Rod, and Ramirez differently than you would Bonds or Clemens.

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