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Mets 2B Canó Suspended 162 Games By MLB After Drug Test

Mets 2B Canó Suspended 162 Games By MLB After Drug Test

Mets second baseman Robinson Can was suspended for 162 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after his positive test for a performanceenhancing drug.

NEW YORK: Mets second baseman Robinson Can was suspended for 162 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday after his positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.

The 38-year-old Can will miss the entire 2021 season and lose $24 million in salary. The eight-time All-Star hit a robust .316 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in this years pandemic-shortened season.

The commissioners office said Can tested positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. He was penalized 80 games in May 2018 while with Seattle after a positive test for furosemide, a diuretic that some athletes have used to mask other substances.

The penalty came less than two weeks after Steve Cohen bought the Mets for $2.4 billion. Sandy Alderson was hired as team president and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen exited the team Van Wagenen made the trade to get Can from Seattle in December 2018 after previously being his agent.

We were extremely disappointed to be informed about Robinsons suspension for violating Major League Baseballs Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Alderson said in a statement. The violation is very unfortunate for him, the organization, our fans, and the sport. The Mets fully support MLBs efforts toward eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the game.

There was no immediate comment from Can or the players union.

Minus Can, the Mets could move Jeff McNeil into a permanent spot at second base. McNeil has played all over the infield and outfield while batting .319 in three seasons with the Mets.

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