Mets P Jenrry Mejia played one full season in Major League Baseball, notching 28 saves in 63 appearances in 2014 while putting up a 3.73 ERA and 1.48 WHIP and striking out 98 batters in 93.2 innings. But his career was subsequently derailed by failed drug tests, the second of which cost him a 162-game suspension per MLB’s PED rules. Now, the 26-year-old pitcher is the answer to a trivia question: the first player to be given a lifetime ban by MLB for a third failed drug test.
News of the lifetime ban came on Friday, after Mejia’s latest failed PED test — his third in the last year. Mejia tested positive for boldenone, which is used by athletes to increase muscle mass. He can apply to commissioner Rob Manfred for reinstatement after a year, but even if he is reinstated he would have to sit out at least two years before returning to a major league roster.
The Mets issued a statement, saying they were “deeply disappointed” by Mejia’s latest violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, and that they “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.”
Mejia also issued a statement, through the Major League Baseball Players Association, which read, “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.”