Retired slugger Mark Teixeira said Thursday that he was ‘not surprised’ to see former teammate Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s joint drug agreement.
The two played together on the New York Yankees, where Teixeira said Cano was close with PED users such as Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera.
Teixeira offered his comments on ‘The Michael Kay Show’ on ESPN New York’s radio station.
‘Robbie Cano’s assistant was on the list for Biogenesis,’ Teixeira said.
Retired slugger Mark Teixeira said Thursday that he was ‘not surprised’ to see former teammate Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s joint drug agreement. Teixeira (left) and Cano (right) are seen during their time with the New York Yankees in 2012
Cano, who left the Yankees to join the Seattle Mariners, has been suspended for 80 games after it was revealed he tested positive for a banned diuretic. He is seen above batting during a game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago
Cano, 35, tested positive for furosemide (pictured), which the baseball star claims he was given by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic
‘Of course he had his assistant buy stuff for him. Alex Rodriguez got popped by Biogenesis and Melky [Cabrera] got popped. They’re his best friends. When someone gets lumped into that group, it’s because there’s evidence, there’s a paper trail, there’s a smoke trail.
‘I really don’t want to get into too much detail. I love Robbie. But yeah, I’m just not surprised. I don’t really want to go too much further. But I think a lot of people are kind of saying the same thing.’
Cano, 34, said he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that is considered to be a masking agent.
He said he never used PEDs and that the banned substance was within medication given to him to treat a separate condition.
During his time with the Yankees, Cano was known to have been close with Alex Rodriguez (left) and Melky Cabrera (right). A-Rod and Cabrera were also suspended by baseball for using banned substances
Furosemide is a diuretic used to create more urine that is often used to treat heart failure as well as liver and kidney diseases, according to WebMD.
It can also be used to treat high blood pressure.
Furosemide was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it can be used as a masking agent that helps rid the body of illegal substances through urination.
The MLB does not suspend players for using a diuretic unless it can prove the intended use was as a masking agent.
Cano tested positive for furosemide before the season and appealed, a source told ESPN.
The source claims Cano dropped the appeal after the MLB determined his intent.
WHAT IS FUROSEMIDE?
Furosemide is a diuretic used to create more urine
It helps the body get rid of extra salt and water
Furosemide is often used to treat heart failure as well as liver and kidney diseases
It can lessen symptoms like shortness of breath or swelling in the legs, arms, or abdomen
Furosemide can also be used to treat high blood pressure
It was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it can be used as a masking agent that helps rid the body of substances through urination
On Tuesday Cano said he would accept the suspension, calling it the ‘most difficult decision I have ever made in my life’.
The suspension could tarnish Cano’s case to make the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He is a .304 lifetime hitter with 305 home runs, 1,206 RBIs and 2,417 hits in 2,037 games.
He is an eight-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner.
Teixeira, who said he never used PEDs, suggested that Major League Baseball should increase its penalties.
‘We need to look at, OK, if you get popped, your contract can be voided,’ Teixeira said.
‘I think we should absolutely look at those things. You look at other walks of life. If you get caught insider trading or if you get caught cheating on your taxes, you go to prison, you’re banned for life from trading. These are the types of things happening to these quote-unquote cheats.
‘In baseball? Eh, half a season. In football? Four games, whatever it may be. … We need to look at harsher penalties.’