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Dee Gordon ready to play second base for Mariners with Cano out

16 May 2018

On top of that injury, Major League Baseball also announced Tuesday that Cano has been suspended 80 games for a violation of the performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Deportivo Z 101 in the Dominican Republic, Cano's home country, first reported Cano's suspension for steroid use, with an announcement expected on Tuesday that has now come.

Cano maintained that he used the drug to treat an unspecified medical condition, though baseball rules state that the league will treat a diuretic as a positive test if its independent program administrator "determines that the player meant to avoid detection of his use of another prohibited substance".

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"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", Cano said.

He's been to eight All-Star games, six of them while in pinstripes.

"It's surprising, because I know Robby".

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Cano, a staple at second base, was set to miss an extended period anyway after he broke a bone in his hand Sunday, when he got struck by a pitch. "But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me", said Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, who was teammates with Braun in Milwaukee before the Brewers slugger tested positive for PEDs. However, he will lose almost half his $24 million salary from 2018.

In 39 games this year, the 35-year-old Cano had a slash line of.287/.385/.441, with four home runs and 23 RBIs.

Cano is under contract through the 2023 season, when he'll be nearly 41 years old, at $24 million each year, and if Seattle makes the playoffs this year he won't be eligible.

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"In this particular instance we're going to be without one of our best players and got to find a way to bridge the gap", Dipoto said.

Dee Gordon ready to play second base for Mariners with Cano out