Mets Pitcher Banned For Doping

Major League Baseball (MLB) has suspended New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia for 80 games after he tested positive for Stanozolol (Winstrol), a banned performance enhancing drug.

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The 25-year-old right-hander made a start to this season on the disabled list due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. Mejia ended last season as the closer of Mets and converted 28 of 31 save opportunities. The Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball said he has no idea how a banned substance ended up in his system but accepted the punishment.

Mejia apologized to his team, fans, and teammates in a statement. The 25-year-old released statement through the players' union and said he knows the rules and accepts his punishment. Mejia added he has been through a lot in his young career and missed time due to injury and also said that he has worked way too hard to come back and get to where he is, so he would never knowingly put anything in his body that he thought could hold him out further.

Mets manager Terry Collins said we are very disappointed, extremely disappointed and added we came into this whole thing in spring training with huge expectations and the back end of our bullpen being very, very strong, so we're all shocked and disappointed. Mets third baseman and captain David Wright said Mejia messed up, and he needs to be punished. Wright also said we have all discussed the drug policy at length -- the players’ association, the commissioner’s office, everybody in baseball -- has done their best to try to clean up this game as much as possible. The Mets third baseman added as much as it hurts, as much as we love Jenrry as a teammate, when you make a mistake, you are going to be punished. Wright commented not only do you cost yourself 80 games and don't get paid, but you're hurting everybody in here.

Jenrry Mejía will lose $1,134,426 of his $2,595,000 salary because of the suspension. He became the fourth player in 16 days banned under the major league drug program. In recent weeks, Minnesota pitcher Ervin Santana, Seattle pitcher David Rollins, and Atlanta pitcher Arodys Vizcaino were disciplined for Stanozolol.

Baseball’s new commissioner, Rob Manfred, said he wondered whether the players had obtained the substance from the same source. The MLB Commissioner said he had already assigned the task of looking for links in the three positive tests to investigators but nothing had been found as of now.

Known for his high energy and charisma, Jenrry Mejía signed with the Mets as an international free agent on April 4, 2007. Best known for his post save celebrations, "The Mejia Stomp," Jenrry Mejía recorded a 2–3 record with a 2.47 ERA 14 games (7 starts) when he made his Minor League debut with the DSL Mets in 2007. Last season, Mejia spent time as both a starter and reliever and compiled a 6-6 record with a 3.65 earned run average in 63 games, including seven starts.


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