ATLANTA – New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia was 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 Twins 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 because of posterior elbow inflammation.
Mejia, a 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic, 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."