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Mets Mejia Suspended Again For Testing Positive

Jenrry Mejia

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The New York Mets were hit with a sudden blow to their bullpen on Tuesday, when Jenrry Mejia was suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for PEDS just a few games after coming off his first suspension for a failed test.

Mejia will now serve a 162 game ban, only the second longest ever handed out for testing positive again for Stanozolol as well as Boldenone. Alex Rodriguez was suspended for his involvement only in the Biogenesis scandal and also served the hefty suspension.

The news came as a surprise to the Mets as GM Sandy Alderson expressed to the media the teams amazement to it happening again, “Not surprisingly, there’s a tremendous amount of disappointment,” Alderson told MLB.com. “I think to some extent, anger. To some extent, amazement that this could happen so soon after a previous suspension was completed. And some sadness, in the sense that this is having a tremendously adverse effect on a very promising Major League career. And that’s a shame.”

Mejia has been with the Mets organization since 2007 when he was signed as an amateur free agent. He made his major league debut in 2010 as a reliever and in five seasons with the club, he has started 18 of the 113 games he has appeared in with a 9-14 record, a 3.68 ERA, with 162 strike outs in 183.1 innings.  In 2014 he filled a role vacant by the injury to closer Bobby Parnell and saved 28 games for the Mets.

This season Mejia was on track to be the Mets closer until the first suspension de-railed him. Upon his recent return, he would have been a great compliment to a Mets bullpen that just added Tyler Clippard via a trade with Oakland.

Now his baseball career is up in the air as the Mets will need to make a decision with Mejia as he will be arbitration eligible once again this winter.

“It’s something we’re going to have to think about,” Alderson tells MLB.com on what the team will have to do. “Obviously we’re disappointed.”

Mejia will be eligible to come off the suspension next July 2016, but the bigger question will be, will he have a team to report to?, only time will tell.

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