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.
"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.