Mets pitched Jenrry Mejia has made history in baseball today, but it probably isn't the way he wanted. He is the first played to be permanently suspended by Major League Baseball. He has tested positive three times for a performance enhancing substance.
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The MLB said that he tested positive for boldenone and that he will no longer be able to play major league ball or minor league ball.
The third positive test for PED in a year is what triggered the suspension.
According to MLB rules, Mejia, who is only 26, may be able to apply to commissioner Rob Manfred for a reinstatement after a year. If he was reinstated, he would have to sit out another two years before being able to pitch again in the majors.
He is currently in the Dominican Republic playing winter ball. Suspended players from the MLB are also suspended in other countries like South Korea, Mexico, and Japan. However, the Dominican Republic isn't included in that list. Independent leagues are not compelled to honor MLB suspensions but may choose to do so.
Mejia will be the first major or minor league player to be permanently suspended under the drug program. Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers has been suspended multiple times but none of them have been permanent.
"We were deeply disappointed to hear that Jenrry has again violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Mets said Friday in a statement. "We 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."
He was originally suspended for 80 games after testing positive for stanozolol in April. Then, in July just three weeks after his return, he was suspended for another 162 games for testing positive for both boldenone and stanozolol.
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According to CBS Sports, Mejia had 99 games left to serve on his second suspension and had been due to return to the Mets in late July.