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Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for PED use

Seattle Mariners infielder Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball following a positive test for a banned diuretic known as Furosemide.

The former Yankees All-Star said in a statement, "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."

"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," Cano continued. "I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season."

Cano was recently placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken pinky bone in his right hand after being hit by a pitch last Sunday, but he will be able to begin serving his 80-day suspension while he rehabilitates from that injury.

"Robinson made a mistake," the Mariners wrote in a statement following news of the suspension. "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."

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.

Entering play Tuesday, the Mariners (23-17) sit 1.5 games out of first place in the AL West, behind the Angels (25-16) and Astros (26-17).