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New York Mets' Meija receives 162-game suspension

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) pitches in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 2105. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) pitches in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on July 21, 2105. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

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

Mejia returned July 7 from an 80-game suspension that began in April for using a performance-enhancing drug. The latest suspension involved a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone, which are both considered PEDs, and begins immediately.

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The ban is the longest for performance-enhancing substances in MLB history, matching Alex Rodriguez's 162-game suspension last season. Meija is the first major leagueer to fail two PED tests.

The 25-year-old 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 posted 28 saves and had a 3.65 ERA 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."

On Monday, the Mets acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics to help their bullpen.

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