Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended eighty games for testing positive for stanozolol. Mejia came into the season as the Mets' closer but recently hit the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow, as he was unable to make an appearance on Opening Day.
Mejia released a statement about the suspension. Here it is, via Jared Diamond:
A statement from Jenrry Mejia. Wow. pic.twitter.com/7bNadENX7H— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) April 11, 2015
So Jeurys Familia is your closer, Mets fans. If there's a silver lining here, it's that Mejia will have plenty of time to let his right elbow heal. With any luck, he'll bring back his hair, too.
At present, the Mets' eight-man bullpen features Familia, Carlos Torres, Alex Torres, Jerry Blevins, Sean Gilmartin, Rafael Montero, Buddy Carlyle, and Erik Goeddel. Mejia's suspension probably bodes the best for Carlyle, who was on the bubble to make the team to start the year but now has a much clearer path to playing time over the next few months.