Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a banned substance in violation of MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program
Cano, 35, tested positive for Furosemide, a strong diuretic, often used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. He's on the disabled list with a broken hand. The suspension is effective immediately.
The Rangers begin a two-game series against the Mariners Tuesday in Seattle.
The drug is also used to treat edema (fluid retention) caused by various medical problems, including heart, kidney, and liver disease, according to WebMD. It works by causing the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine. It is often used by athletes as a masking agent while using performance enhancing drugs. Cano tested positive before the season and appealed the suspension, but has now decided to drop the appeal, according to T.J. Quinn of ESPN.
Cano is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners.
"Robinson made a mistake. He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates," the Mariners said in a released statement. "We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge."