Mariners' star Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating joint drug agreement

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The 35-year-old veteran is on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a broken bone in his right hand on a hit by pitch.

"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".

Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating MLB's joint drug prevention and treatment program. The suspension is effective immediately. As it turns out, the Mariners will have to get used to playing without him for the foreseeable future. After that, the punishments are upped, with a second-time offender receiving a full-season banishment, and a third-time offender receiving a lifetime ban from the sport. Cano will not be paid during the suspension and is also automatically ineligible for the postseason. He'd hit.287/.385/.441 over his first 39 games, giving him a 129 OPS+.

Cano has played at least 150 games each season since 2007.

With career numbers of.304 with 305 homers and 1,206 RBI split between the New York Yankees and Mariners, Cano has put together a resume worthy of Hall of Fame consideration.

Unless they make a trade, the Mariners will utilize Andrew Romine and Gordon Beckham at second base until then.

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