New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia will be joining Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana on the suspension list for steroids as he has tested positive for stanozolol use.
His disabled list stint is moot now, but he had begun the season on the DL with an elbow inflammation.
Like Santana, Mejia has been hit with an 80-game suspension. He released a statement after being punished.
“I know the rules are the rules and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system,” Mejia said. “I am sorry to the Mets organization, my teammates and the fans, as well as my family.”
Mejia had a promising future after logging his first season as the Mets’ full-time closer in 2014, and he notched 28 saves in 31 save opportunities.
The Mets closer came up with 98 strikeouts in 93.2 innings and finished with a 3.65 earned run average while making the most of his opportunity with Bobby Parnell undergoing Tommy John surgery.
However, Mejia’s future as the Mets’ closer will be in jeopardy due to his new-found reputation and Parnell being set to return from surgery in either April or May.
For now, Jeurys Familia is expected to take over as the Mets closer.