Have we seen the last of suspended Mets reliever, Jenrry Mejia? Maybe yes, maybe no.
Either way, the now 28-year-old is expected to apply for reinstatement back into Major League Baseball, according to Matt Ehalt of The Record. Mejia was initially slapped with a lifetime ban on Feb. 12, 2016 for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy a third time.
According to Ehalt, “while it’s a lifetime ban, the language of the suspension allows for it to be reduced after a minimum of two years.”
The two-year window is expected to expire in February around when Spring Training begins, and Ehalt notes there are also signs the former Mets closer is preparing for a potential comeback.
The right-hander has been eligible to apply for reinstatement since one year after the initial ruling, though he would have had to sit out until 2018 regardless of the ruling.
Mejia pitched in a career high 66 games in 2014, notching 28 saves that year, while recording a 3.65 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 1.484 WHIP and 95 ERA+. In 2015 when he was suspended the first two times, he appeared in just seven games, tossing 7.1 scoreless innings.
He pitched 9.1 innings and walked 12 batters in Venezuelan winter ball for Navegantes del Magallanes. His command was reportedly off and his fastball was topping out in the low 90s.
Mejia and the Mets agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.72 million as a formality earlier this week. The pitcher will not receive the money however, because of his three positive drug tests.
To read the rest of Ehalt’s piece on the suspended pitcher, click here.