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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera said Tuesday he’s “mad” about the 80-game suspension given to Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano after he tested positive for furosemide, a banned substance that could be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.
George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press provided comments from Cabrera, who said he’s disappointed Cano’s Hall of Fame chances will likely be impacted by the MLB ban.
“I know Cano for a lot of years, and I know he didn’t cheat,” he said. “I’m [expletive] mad right now. His doctor prescribed the medication. I think he got all the paperwork. Why he get positive? I don’t understand that. If it’s something for him to get better.”
The Mariners star released a statement through the MLB Players Association on Tuesday confirming he took furosemide but said he was unaware it was on MLB’s banned list:
“This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. 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.
“For more than 15 years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and 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.”
Cabrera said he might have found himself in the same situation if he returned to Venezuela during the offseason, per Sipple.
“No, because I live in Miami. If I lived in Venezuela, I might test positive, too. If I need some medicine, I gotta take [it],” he said. “If I gotta take something to get better if I’m sick, I’m going to take it. I’m going to do the same thing Cano do because I need it. If I’m in Venezuela, not here in the United States.”
Meanwhile, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported Cano will have surgery on a fractured hand while serving the suspension.
The eight-time All-Star’s stretch on the disabled list counts toward his suspension. He’ll be eligible to return in mid-August.