Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia hit with 80-game ban for PEDs

By on April 12, 2015

Jenrry Mejia is lost to the Mets for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancer.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Jenrry Mejia is lost to the Mets for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancer.

ATLANTA – So apparently Jenrry Mejia elbow was OK, it was the pee that was the problem.

The Mets closer was suspended 80 games Saturday without pay by MLB after testing positive for Stanozolol in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league announced.

Mejia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an elbow inflammation, will miss nearly three months after failing the drug test effective immediately.

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Speaking on Opening Day before the Mets games against the Nationals, new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was surprised by the resurgence of the old anabolic steroid.

“It really is hard to explain, because the particular drug involved is one that’s not particularly hard to catch in a drug test,” he said. “Performance-enhancing drugs are one of those issues where you have to stay vigilant. Things happen that you don’t expect. But we have a great testing program, a great investigative capacity. And if players take the risk, we’re going to catch them.”

Mejia’s suspension, which will have him eligible to return in July, puts the Mets already battered bullpen at risk.

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It was already missing Josh Edgin, who had season-ending Tommy John surgery last month, Vic Black, who is on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, and Bobby Parnell, who is rehabbing from 2013 Tommy John.

“We came into this whole thing in spring training with huge expectations with the back end of our bullpen being very strong,” Terry Collins said. “So we’re all shocked and disappointed, but we stand by the rules and what major league baseball has put down.

“We’ll have to regroup and get through the next 80 games with somebody else,” the Mets manager added.

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Mejia had 28 saves in 2014 after moving from the rotation to the closer role. The 25-year old had a long history of injuries dating back to 2010 Tommy John surgery.

Collins learned of the suspension earlier Saturday and he was surprised.

“I can’t answer for everybody. I wasn’t there,” Collins said. “We are extremely disappointed at this particular moment, because we’ve got to retool, tough to do in the season.”

A Mets source told the News they were not going to go out and sign former Nationals closer Rafael Soriano.

Collins told the team the news before the game and said they will have to figure it out as they go.

Already the Mets were relying on Jeurys Familia to throw in the ninth while Mejia was on the disabled list with what the team called elbow inflammation. Black is expected back later this month and Parnell sometime before mid-May.

“It’s hard to say, but that is the way we went into it, saying ‘Hey we can get through the next couple of weeks with what we’ve got.’ All the sudden you are looking at the next three months,” Collins said. “Certainly think we are going to have to rely on some different guys for that role, hopefully it will be soon that Vic (Black) is better and not far behind that it will be Bobby (Parnell).

“Now the guys who are here are going to have to pick it up and get the job done.” 

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