Mets closer Jenrry Mejia suspended 80 games

Apr 11, 2015 8:47 PM by Ross Field

ATLANTA (AP) - New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol.

MLB announced the punishment Saturday. This is the fourth penalty for a positive Stanozolol test reported by MLB in less than a month, following Minnesota pitcher Ervin Santana, Seattle pitcher David Rollins and Atlanta pitcher Arodys Vizcaino.

Mejia began the season as New York's closer, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with posterior elbow inflammation.

Mejia released a statement through the team saying that he knows the rules and accepts his punishment, but "can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system."

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