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Mets Mejia Suspended Again For Testing Positive

Pitcher will serve a 162 game suspension.

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.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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