25-Year-Old Right-Hander's Career With The Franchise Is Likely Over

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s not a good day to be Jenrry Mejia.

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that the Mets’ reliever had been suspended for 162 games without pay for failing another drug test.

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“We were extremely disappointed when informed of Jenrry’s second 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.”

The 25-year-old right-hander received an 80-game suspension back in April after testing positive for the steroid Stanozolol. Mejia apologized to the organization, his teammates, fans and family while also maintaining his innocence.

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“I have been through a lot in my young career and missed time due to injury,” Mejia said at the time. “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.”

Mejia rejoined the Mets on July 7 and went 1-0 in seven appearances, allowing no earned runs and four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

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The Mets, who entered play on Tuesday two games out of first place in the NL East, bolstered the back end of their bullpen on Monday afternoon, acquiring two-time All-Star closer Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics.