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Mets' Jenrry Mejia suspended 162 games for second positive banned-substance test

Mejia's now in the same company as Alex Rodriguez, but for the wrong reasons.

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Mets' reliever Jenrry Mejia has tested positive for a second banned substance and has received a 162-game ban from baseball.

On April 11, Mejia tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, and received an 80-game suspension. His spot as closer was then filled by Jeurys Familia. Mejia then returned to the roster on July 12 and recorded seven appearances, striking out seven and not allowing an earned run over 7.1 innings. His most recent appearance was in the Mets' 3-2 walk-off win over the Dodgers, in which he walked one and struck out one after entering in the tenth inning.

Mejia's positive test comes on the heels of the team's acquisition of Tyler Clippard from the Athletics, which Mets general Sandy Alderson said was close to being completed before they heard the news.

Mejia now has the dubious distinction of being just the second player in major league history to receive a 162-game ban: Alex Rodriguez sat out the entire 2014 season after his alleged use of steroids.