Count former Yankees star Mark Teixeira as one of many around baseball who wasn't exactly shocked when news broke that Mariners 2B Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games after testing positive for furosemide.
Furosemide isn't a PED, but, according to SNY's Andy Martino, can be used as a masking agent for steroids. Martino reported that a source told him that furosemide is "used for flushing" drugs out of your system.
Texeira, who played with Cano in New York, didn't torch Cano for it, but he didn't particularly flat-out defend his former teammate when he was asked about it on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio.
"I don't really want to get into too much detail, I love Robbie, but I'm not surprised," Teixeira said. "I don't want to get too much further but I think a lot of people are trying to say the same thing. (Yankees GM Brian) Cash(man) had to catch himself in an interview a couple days ago, but yeah, not surprised."
On top of being suspended without pay for 80 games, if the Mariners make the postseason, Cano won't be eligible to play. The 35-year-old is hitting .287 with 4 HR and 23 RBI this season. It will be the first year since 2006 that Cano will appear in fewer than 150 games.
"You kinda know," Teixeira said. "This is what we do for a living. You see guys when they're young. See who they're hanging out with. You just kinda know as a ballplayer. Fifty-percent of guys popped I'm like, of course, knew it, others are a little surprising."
Teixeira was quick point out that Cano's best friend Melky Cabrera got suspended by the league for a failed drug test as well as his ties to Biogenesis.
"Listen, Robbie, look at his situation here: Robbie Cano's assistant was on the list for Biogenesis," Teixeira said. "Of course, he has an assistant, you know, buys stuff for him. Alex Rodriguez got popped by Biogenesis. Melky (Cabrera) got popped. They're 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."
The current ESPN analyst believes that there should be stiffer penalties for players who get caught.
"I agree we need to look at longer bans, or if you get popped your contract can be voided. Absolutely look at those things," he said. "If we're really going to get tough on these guys we need to get tougher penalties."