ATLANTA, Ga. (PIX11)– Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been suspended after testing positive for Stanozolol, a type of synthetic steroids, the Major League Baseball announced Saturday afternoon.
Mejia, who has yet to play this season, will be banned for 80 games without pay. The suspension goes into effect immediately.
“I know the rules are rules and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system,” Mejia said. “I’m sorry to the Mets organization, my teammates and the fans, as well as my family.”
In 2014, Mejia had a 6-6 record and 28 saves.
“We were disappointed when informed of Jenrry’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevent and Treatment Program,” a Mets spokesperson said. “We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating substances from the sport.”
The team had no further comment on the matter.
Mets play the Braves at 7:10 p.m. at Turner Field.