Tex: ‘You kinda know’ who’s us­ing PEDs

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY JOHN HEALY

Robin­son Cano’s 80-game sus­pen­sion this week for a pos­i­tive drug test was hardly a shock for at least one for­mer team­mate.

Mark Teix­eira, who played along­side Cano in the Yan­kees in­field for five sea­sons, said on “The Michael Kay Show” Thurs­day that he was “not sur­prised” his ex-team­mate tested pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance.

“I don’t re­ally want to get into too much de­tail, I love Rob­bie, but I’m not sur­prised,” he 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.”

Cano, 35, tested pos­i­tive for furosemide, a di­uretic that is of­ten used to mask per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs. The Mariners sec­ond base­man claims he was us­ing it to treat a med­i­cal con­di­tion and ap­pealed the sus­pen­sion, but fi­nally dropped the ap­peal this week.

Teix­eira, who re­tired in 2016, said play­ers are about “5050” on who they know is us­ing and who is not.

“You kinda know,” he 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.”

The for­mer Yan­kees first base­man ad­mit­ted to be­ing sur­prised at guys like Ryan Braun and Rafael Palmeiro, but speak­ing specif­i­cally about Cano, Teix­eira pointed to a link.

“Lis­ten, Rob­bie, look at his sit­u­a­tion here: Rob­bie Cano’s as­sis­tant was on the list for Bio­gen­e­sis. 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,” he said. “When some­one gets lumped into that group, it’s be­cause there’s ev­i­dence. There’s a pa­per trail. There’s a smoke trail.”

Teix­eira, who main­tains he never used per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs, also said there are plenty of guys he played with that are no longer in the league that he was sure used PEDs. He even sug­gested some may al­ready be in the Hall of Fame.

“Ev­ery­one knows those guys. There are guys in the Hall of Fame that never got ex­posed,” he said. “It is what it is. Guys have done it, guys have got­ten away with it, guys have got­ten popped. There’s a story for ev­ery­thing.”

Kay told Teix­eira that David Wells came on his show re­cently and said that play­ers should face a life­time ban af­ter the first of­fense.

While Teix­eira did not go that far, he agreed on harsher penal­ties.

“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.”

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