Tuesday, ESPN "Pardon the Interruption" hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon discussed Seattle Mariners star second baseman Robinson Cano's 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance that will be served as the former All-Star nurses a fractured hand.
Cano has already come out with the cookie cutter denial we always see, with the word "never" attached to cheating the game or taking PEDs, while suggesting Furosemide is not actually a performance-enhancing substance and something he got for medical need.
Furosemide, sold under the name Lasix, can be purchased without a prescription and is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid buildup.
The 35-year-old, who seemed a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, spent nine seasons with the Yankees, helping them to a World Series in 2009. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout.
He's been to eight All-Star games, six of them while in pinstripes.
The suspension was announced two days after the first significant injury during Cano's tenure in Seattle.
Cano suffered a broken fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Tigers' reliever Blaine Hardy on Sunday, and he was placed on the disabled list Monday. That injury was expected to keep him out for 6-8 weeks if surgery was required. However, he will lose almost half his $24 million salary from 2018. This season, he's slashing.287/.385/.441 with 10 doubles and four home runs.