Miguel Cabrera ‘(expletive) mad’ over Robinson Cano’s suspension
Miguel Cabrera went to bat for pal Robinson Cano in the wake of Tuesday’s stunning news that the Seattle Mariners star has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for a violation the game’s drug policy.
Major League Baseball announced Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask the presence of other banned substances.
Cabrera, unlike others within the MLB community who have gone after Cano, including some of his own teammates, does not care what anyone thinks of his defense of his friend.
“I know Canó for a lot of years and I know he didn’t cheat,” Cabrera told the Detroit Free Press. “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.”
Cano released a statement via the Major League Baseball Players Association that read as follows:
“Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance. Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic,” the statement read. “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.”
Cabrera went on to stress how much respect he has for Cano as a person and a ballplayer.
“He play every day,” Cabrera said. “He do everything right. Now everybody is going to write all this stupid (crap).”
Cabrera said his first thought upon hearing the Cano news is how the suspension could seriously and negatively impact Cano’s Hall of Fame credentials.
“That’s why I’m so mad,” Cabrera said. “He’s a Hall of Fame player.”
Cano’s situation arguably is more complex than others involving PED suspensions. That said, it’s not surprising the MLB took action against the star in such a manner.