Jenrry Mejia's spot in the Mets' bullpen might actually be in jeopardy once he returns from his 80-game suspension, according to the Daily News. After testing positive for stanozolol last week, Mejia was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Agreement. In addition, Mejia will not be eligible for postseason play if the Mets get there.
Last year, Mejia helped stabilize a Mets bullpen after he was moved out of the team's starting rotation. In 56.1 innings as a relief pitcher, Mejia had a 2.72 ERA and 3.15 FIP. But general manager Sandy Alderson doesn't sound like he’s going to be waiting around for the 25-year-old’s return, telling the Daily News he hopes the rest of the bullpen can step up so there is no need for Mejia when his suspension is over.
Jeurys Familia is taking on the closer’s role for the time being, something that some Mets fans wanted as early as last year. Bobby Parnell should return from the disabled list soon, but it’s unclear yet whether or not he will return to his old position as closer upon his arrival.