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.
“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.
“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.
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.