Robinson Cano suspended 80 games
Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball.
The All-Star tested positive for furosemide, a diuretic banned by the MLB drug prevention program.
In addition to missing the next 80 Seattle regular-season games, Cano is ineligible to play in postseason games should the Mariners qualify. He also cannot play in the All-Star Game.
Cano, 35, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after suffering a broken hand on Sunday when hit by a pitch. He was scheduled to see a specialist on Tuesday.
Any time spent on the disabled list will count toward the 80 games, which means he will be eligible to return in mid-August.
Cano reportedly agreed to accept the ban before he was injured. He is batting .287 with four home runs this season, his fifth with Seattle.
Better known as Lasix, furosemide is well known for its ability to mask banned substances in urine tests.
In a statement released through the MLB Players Association, Cano said:
"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 Mariners also released a statement, which read:
"We were disappointed to learn today that Robinson had violated the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Our organization fully supports the program. Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge."
The suspension will cost Cano just less than $12 million in salary.
Entering Tuesday, the Mariners were 23-17, the sixth-best record in the American League, and they were 1.5 games out of a wild-card playoff spot.
Guard Shoni Schimmel, waived by the New York Liberty, has signed with the expansion Las Vegas Aces.
Schimmel, 26, went from Franklin High to Louisville to the WNBA, where she has a career average of 6.7 points per game.
Former Detroit Pistons star Bill Laimbeer is the Aces coach. He coached Schimmel with New York in 2016, before she took a year off.
Elsewhere in the WNBA, which opens its regular season this week, the Minnesota Lynx cut former University of Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne.