Seattle Mariner's All-Star Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games after it was revealed he tested positive for a banned diuretic.
Cano, 35, tested positive for furosemide, which the baseball star claims he was given by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic.
The baseman will be suspended without pay, losing $11.85million of his $24million contract for 2018.
Cano, who was suspended on Tuesday, said the diuretic is used to treat 'various medical conditions' in both his native country and the United States.
Seattle Mariner's All-Star Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games after it was revealed he tested positive for a banned diuretic
Cano, 35, tested positive for furosemide (pictured), which the baseball star claims he was given by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic
'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,' he said in a statement released by the MLB Players Association.
Cano also doubled down on the fact that furosemide - which violates the MLB's drug prevention and treatment program - was 'not a performance enhancing substance'.
'For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life,' he said. 'I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love.'
'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.'
Furosemide is a diuretic used to create more urine that is often used to treat heart failure as well as liver and kidney diseases, according to WebMD.
On Tuesday Cano said he would accept the suspension, calling it the 'most difficult decision I have ever made in my life'
It can also be used to treat high blood pressure.
WHAT IS FUROSEMIDE?
Furosemide is a diuretic used to create more urine
It helps the body get rid of extra salt and water
Furosemide is often used to treat heart failure as well as liver and kidney diseases
It can lessen symptoms like shortness of breath or swelling in the legs, arms, or abdomen
Furosemide can also be used to treat high blood pressure
It was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it can be used as a masking agent that helps rid the body of substances through urination
Furosemide was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it can be used as a masking agent that helps rid the body of illegal substances through urination.
The MLB does not suspend players for using a diuretic unless it can prove the intended use was as a masking agent.
Cano tested positive for furosemide before the season and appealed, a source told ESPN.
The source claims Cano dropped the appeal after the MLB determined his intent.
On Tuesday Cano said he would accept the suspension, calling it the 'most difficult decision I have ever made in my life'.
But, the player added, he believed it was the right decision because he does 'not dispute' that he was given furosemide.
'I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization,' Cano said in his statement.
'I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season.'
Cano will be suspended without pay, losing $11.85million of his $24million deal for 2018
The Mariners also issued a statement, saying Cano 'made a mistake'.
'He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge,' the team added.
The Mariners will no doubt feel the loss. Cano hit 23 home runs last season, and was batting .287 with four home runs this season.
He had not missed a single game this season before breaking his hand and undergoing surgery this week.
It is likely Dee Gordon, the team's general outfielder, will partially fill in for Cano.
Gordon was suspended for 80 games in 2016 after violating MLB's drug policy.