Less than 72 hours after Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a fractured hand that is expected to keep him out for up to two months, Major League Baseball announced Cano will also serve an 80-game suspension for violating the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program.
Cano will be able to serve his 80-game suspension while he is on the disabled list. This is good news for the Mariners and fantasy owners as it will at least allow for Cano to return to the field in mid-August, though a specific date isn't yet known. It should also give Cano's hand more than enough time to heal, though it will all come at a major expense for everyone involved.
As a result of the suspension, Cano will forfeit nearly $12 million in pay and of course now be subject to a dark cloud hanging over him years from now when his name is placed on Hall of Fame ballots. For Seattle, who currently sits just 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles and Houston Astros for first place in the A.L. West, the team will now be without Cano for several months and would be unable to put him on the roster if they made it to the playoffs.
For fantasy owners, Cano being able to serve his suspension while on the disabled list should help some who might have been in a roster crunch if he had to serve the suspension after. In his absence, Seattle will likely continue to try out Gordon Beckham and several others at second base. As for Dee Gordon, the team seems committed to keeping him in center field this season rather than shifting him back to second base.