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Through his first 39 games this season, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is having a typical solid campaign with a.287/.385/.441 slash-line, 23 RBI and 24 runs scored.

In a statement released through the players' association, Cano said, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment".

Cano said he chose to accept the suspension because he does not deny consuming Furosemide, but called accepting the suspension "the most hard decision I have ever made in my life".

Diuretics can be used as a masking agent to hide the presence of performance-enhancing drugs or to assist rapid weight loss.

"He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologised to the fans, the organisation and his teammates". "Our organization fully supports the program".

ESPN reported that the league was able to prove Cano was using the diuretic to mask a drug. As with all players who fail a PED test, Cano is no longer eligible for this year's postseason.

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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.

"We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge".

Cano is now out injured after suffering a broken bone in his hand after being hit by a pitch.

Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano rounds third base after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Detroit.

If history is any indicator, this will also significantly hamper (if not completely wipe out) his eventual Hall of Fame chances.

Now, he becomes the most decorated player to be suspended for steroids since Major League Baseball nailed Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and others in the 2013 Biogenesis investigation - which did not involve a failed drug test, as in Cano's case.