Jenrry Mejia is lost to the Mets for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancer.
ATLANTA – Mets closer Jenrry Mejia was suspended 80 games without pay by baseball after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced Saturday evening.
“I know the rules are the rules and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system,” Mejia said in a statement released by the MLB Players’ Association. “I have been through a lot in my young career and missed time due to injury. I have worked way too hard to come back and get to where I am, so I would never knowingly put anything in my body that I thought could hold me out further.
“I am sorry to the Mets organization, my teammates and the fans, as well as my family.”
Mejia had not pitched yet this season, he claimed to have elbow tightness trying to warm up for the ninth inning on Opening Day. The team said he was sent to New York for an MRI and was diagnosed with inflammation of the elbow. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday retroactive to April 5.
“We were disappointed when informed of Jenrry’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the Mets said in a statement. “We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”
In a statement, Mejia said that he will ‘overcome’ the suspension handed down by MLB, in addition to apologizing to the organization, his teammates, fans and his family.
Mejia had 28 saves last year in his first year as the team’s closer. He took over after Bobby Parnell went down on Opening Day. Parnell is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and expected back late this month or in early May.
Mejia, who was in Port St. Lucie at the Mets spring training complex earlier this week, said he will make it back from this.
“In life, I know God puts certain obstacles in your path and this is something else I know I will overcome,” Mejia said in the statement released.
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