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Added April 13th, 2015 by Ian
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New York Mets’ Jenrry Mejia suspended for 80 games

New York Mets’ relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Mejia tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol and now faces half a season on the sidelines without pay. Major League Baseball announced the ban on April 11 and said it will start immediately. Mejia spoke to the media after the suspension was handed down and said he accepts the punishment because he knows the league’s rules, but has no idea how the banned substance got into his body.

The 25-year-old pitcher added, “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.” He then went on and apologized to his family, teammates, fans and the Mets organization. The suspension may not actually cause Mejia to miss 80 games since he’s currently on the National League team’s disabled list with an elbow injury.

Mejia and his agents said he won’t appeal the ban, but the team will certainly miss him as he saved 28 games in 2014 and had an earned-run average of 3.65. The Mets released a statement which said they were disappointed to hear of Mejia’s lengthy suspension, but they understand his actions violated the MLB Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The club said it supports the policy against performance-enhancing drugs and remarked that it had nothing more to say.

David Wright, the captain of the Mets, said players need to pay for their mistakes, but once Mejia returns to the club his teammates will welcome him back and do whatever possible to make him feel like he’s a part of the team. But, Wright added that the pitcher deserves his punishment because he broke the league’s rules. Mejia made his debut with the Mets in 2010 when he was just 20 years old. He spent time both as a starter and reliever during the next four seasons.

Manager Terry Collins said he will now have to make some changes and he’s also disappointed to learn of the suspension. Jeurys Familia will likely be used as the team’s closer for the time being and Vic Black is also a candidate for the role once he returns to the side from the disabled list. Black is currently out of action with inflammation in his right shoulder.

 
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