Mariners' Robinson Cano suspended 80 games

Mariners All Star Robinson Cano will reportedly be suspended 80 games

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games after violating MLB's drug policy.

Cano, 35, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after suffering a broken hand on Sunday when hit by a pitch.

Cano tweeted out a response on Tuesday morning admitting to taking banned substance - Furosemide and has accepted his 80-game suspension. In a statement released through the players' association, Cano says, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment". ESPN has reported that Cano tested positive for Furosemide, which is a diuretic.

Cano is now out injured after suffering a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a pitch. Gordon Beckham was already called up from Triple-A Tacoma and Dee Gordon may also take on a larger role at second base for the Mariners.

Cano said he chose to accept the suspension because he does not deny consuming Furosemide, but called accepting the suspension "the most hard decision I have ever made in my life". He remains a virtual shoo-in to reach 3,000 hits - he has 2,417 with five more years on his contract - and those achievements would have surely made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge", the club said.

Keeper Neuer, uncapped striker Nils in Germany's provisional squad
He led Germany to a victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation . While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

"For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life", Cano said in part.

Cano will be eligible to return in mid-August, but would not be allowed to participate in the playoffs, per Major League Baseball rules.

"Any time a team loses its three-hole hitter, it doesn't just have somebody to step in and replace that guy", Mariners manager Scott Servais said when Cano went on the DL but prior to his suspension.

Cano is one of the Mariners' biggest stars, having hit 23 home runs last season after getting 39 in 2016.

The Mariners are now third place in the American League West, just 1.5 games behind division leader Los Angeles.

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