A Twitter rumor that quickly caught fire and spread across the Internet on Thursday afternoon alleging Robinson Cano tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and faced a suspension from MLB was 100 percent false, two sources with knowledge of the situation said.
A tweet from a television reporter in Charlotte, N.C., asserted that the second baseman would be suspended soon.
“Can’t confirm this but I’m hearing that Robinson #Cano tested positive for PEDs,” the tweet read. “Announcement from #MLB coming shortly.”
There was no such announcement and by all accounts there isn’t expected to be one. About an hour after his initial tweet, the reporter, apparently facing a backlash online, tweeted: “Good God. Everyone calm down. Don’t know how clearly I can state it – I HAVE NO CONFIRMATION THAT CANO PED RUMOR IS TRUE.”
Cano declined through a club spokesman to speak to reporters after batting practice Thursday night.
A’S LOSE ANDERSON
Oakland Athletics left-hander Brett Anderson, 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA, will miss the rest of the regular season because of a strain of his right oblique. The announcement came a day after Anderson awkwardly fell off the mound in Detroit.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said he doesn’t yet know whether Anderson would be available if Oakland reaches the postseason. The A’s are tied with Baltimore for the AL wild-card lead.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell plans to have a serious talk with Yunel Escobar before the shortstop returns from a three-game suspension for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish.
Escobar also will take part in an outreach initiative to promote tolerance to others based on their sexual orientation, and participate in a sensitivity training program.