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New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia banned 162 games for doping

Major League Baseball suspended New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia for 162 games on Tuesday after the Dominican failed a second drug test this season.

AFP| Updated: Jul 29, 2015, 09:07 AM IST
New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia banned 162 games for doping

New York: Major League Baseball suspended New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia for 162 games on Tuesday after the Dominican failed a second drug test this season.

Mejia, 25, returned on July 12 from an 80-game suspension that began in April for using a performance-enhancing drug.

The latest suspension reportedly involved a positive test for the anabolic steroids stanozolol and boldenone.

The ban matched the longest for performance-enhancing substances in major league history -- equalling that served by Alex Rodriguez last season.

Rodriguez returned this year and has been winning back fans despite his drug-tainted past, thanks in part to his 24 home runs so far in 2015.

Mejia had pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief this season in a setup role, allowing four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Last year, Meija recorded 28 saves and had a 3.65 earned run average for the Mets.

"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."