Jenrry Mejia throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field.

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Mets Release Reliever Jenrry Mejia

November 20, 2018 - 3:53 pm
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By WFAN.com

Faced with the decision of releasing Jenrry Mejia or placing him on their 40-man roster Tuesday, the Mets elected to part ways with the relief pitcher.

After becoming the first player to receive a lifetime drug ban, Commissioner Rob Manfred approved Mejia's application for reinstatment in July. The reinstatement is effective at the beginning of the 2019 season, although Mejia was allowed to make five rehab starts in the minors last season.

The Mets had an 8 p.m. deadline to decide whether they wanted to place Mejia on their 40-man roster. He was eligible for arbitration.

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Mejia has been suspended three times for violating baseball's drug policy. The third suspension in February 2016, after he tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid, triggered a lifetime suspension. He had also been suspended in April 2015 for the steroid Stanozolol and again in July 2015 for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. 

The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic has pitched five seasons in the majors, all with the Mets, going 9-14 with a 3.68 ERA. He was the team's closer in 2014, registering 28 saves.