New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and his agent, Scott Boras, yesterday said there was no truth to rumors of Cano being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs.
A Major League Baseball official with knowledge of the league's drug testing backed up Cano's denial, confirming to USA Today's Bob Nightengale that Cano did not test positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
“Not at all,” Cano told The New York Daily News. “There’s no test or anything.”
Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, told The News that the rumors were baseless. He said his office had traced the allegation to a rumor that originated in the Dominican Republic, a reporter in the U.S. and a rival agent who has been saying that a prominent Latin player has been mired in baseball’s appeals process.
The Players Association notifies players who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and players then usually turn to their agents and other representatives to prepare an appeal.
“I have not been told anything about it,” Boras said.
Cano's friendship with Melky Cabrera, suspended by MLB last month for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, led to speculation that Cano would also test positive. But Cano said he isn’t concerned about what other people say or think.
“You can’t control what people say,” Cano said. “There’s a lot of negative stuff out there and I can’t control that. I have to stay above that. There’s been the same thing for a long time. It’s something I can’t control.”