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."