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MLB announced that Cano tested positive during the low season for Furosemide, a diuretic.
Diuretics are banned by most major sports organizations and may be abused by athletes to mask the presence of other prohibited substances or to exclude water for weight loss.
However, Cano and his representatives insist that he took Furosemide as prescribed by a physician in the Dominican Republic for a medical condition. They insist that it was not a performance-enhancing drug.
"Recently, I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance," Cano said in a statement from the Major League Players Association. "Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic. This subject has been given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical condition. While I did not realize it eventually, I got a drug that was forbidden, I wish, of course, that I had been more careful.
"For more than fifteen years, it has been my greatest honor and privileges to play professional baseball. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game I love and after going through dozens of drug tests for more than a decade, I've never tested positive for a performance enhancing substance for the simple reason I've never taken one.
"Today I decided to accept the cancellation of MLB. It was the hardest decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the correct decision that I do not dispute that I got this subject. I apologize for my family, friends, fans, teammates and Mariners organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received during this process and I look forward to returning to my teammates later this season. "
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Cano, 35, is in the fifth year of a 10-year $ 240 million contract with Mariners that he signed before the 2014 season. He is currently on the list of features with a broken hand.
Cano's suspension will cost him almost $ 12 million in pay, along with an unprecedented hit for his athletic resume.
An 8-time All-Star, Cano has hit 305 career homes and has hit most homewards among the American league He is a virtual shoo-in to reach 3000 hits – he has 2,417 with five years on his contract – and these achievements would certainly have made him a lock for the Hall of Fame.
Now he becomes the most decorated player suspended for a PED violation because MLB nailed Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and others in the 2013 biogenesis investigation – which did not mean a failed drug test, as in Cano's case.  Autoplay