Sadly, the rumors are true.
It was reported earlier in the day that Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was going to be suspended for PED use, and now Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that the 35-year-old will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement.
Cano is already on the disabled list with a fractured right hand, and then he'll have to face an 80-game suspension due to steroid use. An official announcement hasn't been made by the league, but you can expect that to happen soon, likely later today.
This is bad news for the Mariners, who are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Cano was the one leading the way and now he'll be out for most, if not all, of the 2018 season.
According to the MLB, it's a suspension for a Diuretic which Cano reportedly uses to treat a medical condition.
This from MLB:— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 15, 2018
Robinson Cano received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a Diuretic, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Canó’s 80-game suspension is effective immediately.
What also comes to mind with the news is whether or not Cano can still be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the cloud of a drug suspension over his head. Wisdom says this will forever impact his future campaigns.
Will Robinson Cano ever make the Hall of Fame after this PED suspension?— 12up (@12upSport) May 15, 2018
One of the greatest second basemen of all-time has now seen his career and legacy tarnished because of PED use. Devastating.