The news of Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano's suspension on Tuesday sent a shock wave through the baseball world.
Major League Baseball announced that Cano, 35, was being suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement.
According to Major League Baseball, Cano tested positive for "furosemide, a diuretic better known as Lasix, which is often used to help mask banned substances in urine tests."
Cano is on the disabled list because of a broken right hand suffered on Sunday, but the suspension is effective immediately.
After the announcement, Cano tweeted a statement saying he made a mistake. Here is what he wrote:
“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.
"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and 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.
"Today I decided to accept MLB’s suspension. This was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization. I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season."
The suspension also makes Cano ineligible for the postseason if the Mariners qualified.
Cano was batting .287 with four home runs, 10 doubles and 23 RBIs in 39 games for the Seattle.