The 2015 MLB season just started and there’s already drama. New York Mets star Jenrry Mejia was suspended on Saturday for 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug.
The Dominican Republic native had 28 saves and a 3.84 era for the Mets. The closer started off the season as badly as possible. He injured his right elbow while warming up for a potential save against the Washington Nationals. Mejia will have plenty of time to recover from his injury during his suspensions, but he most likely has lost his job as the closer for the New York ball club.
Yahoo Sports reported, “Mejia will lose $1,134,426 of his $2,595,000 salary because of the suspension.”
Jeurys Familia is the big “winner” in this situation. Due to Mejia’s suspension, Familia is now the new closer for the Mets.
He talked to ESPN about Jenrry’s suspension: “I feel sorry for him. I feel really bad. But the rule is the rule. And now he has to pay for it. But everybody in here is going to miss him. … I was surprised. But, like I said, the rules are the rules.”
The Mets also commented on the suspension: “We were disappointed when informed of Jenrry’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”
Who’s suspended in 2015?
Just a couple of weeks into the season, there are already four players suspended. That number is already more than the total amount of players suspended all of last season.
Aside from Mejia, Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins was also suspended for 80 games.
“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter,” the club stated.
The Twins starter also tested positive for Stanozolol, which is also known as Winstrol.
The Braves were the next victim of this season’s performance enhancing drug (PED) scandal. Reliever Arodys Vizcaino tested positive for the PED and was also suspended for 80 games.
“We’re obviously very disappointed with what has transpired. Hopefully he’s going to be able to use this time to reflect and prepare for when he returns to play,” stated Braves president of baseball operations John Hart to MLB.com.
David Rollins of the Mariners was the first player suspended this season. He tested positive for the same PED. He was the only fringe player to be suspended for 80 games. The lefty’s career with Seattle may be in jeopardy when he comes back from suspensions.