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Cano apologizes to fans, teammates for 80-game suspension

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano watches from the dugout during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Seattle. Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement, the league announced Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano apologized to his teammates, the organization and the fans for his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement.

Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.

Cano said it was prescribed to him in the Dominican Republic to address a medical issue.

He said the suspension was the most difficult thing he's dealt with in his life outside of the death of his grandfather. He's remained close to the team and does workouts at Safeco Field before the team arrives each day. He will head to his father's academy in the Dominican Republic in the near future to begin ramping up his baseball work.

With Dee Gordon excelling at second base in Cano's absence, Cano said he was open to whatever role the team wants him to play upon his return. He is ineligible for postseason play.

Cano went on the disabled list on May 14 with the suspension being handed down the following day. The Mariners have a 34-16 record in the 50 games Cano has missed. Barring any postponements, Cano is eligible to return to the Mariners on Aug. 14.

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