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Jenrry Mejia Returns To Mound For First Time Since Reinstatement

28-Year-Old Last Pitched For Mets In July 2015

August 16, 2018 - 3:53 pm
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By WFAN.com

Yes, you are reading that headline correctly.

Jenrry Mejia returned to the mound Thursday, allowing one hit and striking out three over four scoreless innings for the Dominican Summer League Mets.

The appearance was Mejia's first in an MLB-affiliated league since 2015. The pitcher was reinstated last month from his permanent suspension under MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after his appeal was approved.

"Jenrry Mejia has abided by the terms set forth by Commissioner Manfred and we appreciate his regret and renewed commitment to comply moving forward," the Mets said in a statement following the pitcher's reinstatement on July 6. "We will evaluate his progress on the field and assess the situation and our options in the coming months."

The former Mets reliever made history in 2016 when he became the first player to receive a lifetime ban after violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy for the third time. 

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Mejia was originally suspended 80 games in April 2015 for testing positive for stanozolol. He was then suspended for a full season in July 2015 for again testing positive for stanozolol, as well as a second drug, boldenone. He received his lifetime ban on February 12, 2016 for violating the policy for a third time.

Mejia was eligible to apply for appeal at the beginning of the 2018 season.

"I've had a long, difficult time away from the game to contemplate the mistakes I've made both with regard to my positive drug tests and also the false allegations I made about Major League Baseball's investigation into my testing history," Mejia said in a statement last month. "Baseball is my profession, my passion and my life, and for those mistakes I am truly sorry. ... I have much work ahead, but look forward to earning back the trust and respect of the New York Mets, the fans and especially my teammates."

The 28-year-old has solid career numbers, earning a 3.68 ERA in 183.1 innings spanning from 2010-2015. 

His best season came in 2014 when he pitched 93.2 innings over 63 games, going 6-6 with a 3.65 ERA, 28 saves and 98 strikeouts. 

While suspended, Mejia made 20 combined appearances in the Dominican Winter League and the Venezuelan Winter League from 2015-17.