Mejia (suspension) was released Tuesday by New York, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Mejia hasn't seen any action since the 2015 season, although he managed to escape his lifetime ban after dealing with multiple drug-related violations and will be eligible to take the field beginning in 2019. The 29-year-old right-hander will search for a new home after spending the first part of his professional career in New York.
Mejia (suspension) began a rehab assignment with one of the Mets' Dominican Summer League teams Thursday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Though Mejia had his lifetime ban lifted by the commissioner, he is suspended for the rest of the 2018 season due to multiple performance-enhancing drug-related offenses. He tossed four shutout innings during Thursday's outing.
Mejia (suspension) is eligible to begin workouts at Mets facilities following the All-Star break, Erin Fish of MLB.com reports. With his former lifetime ban from baseball for multiple PED suspensions now lifted by the commissioner, Mejia can try to get his career back on track. He hasn't thrown a pitch in the majors in three years, so the best-case scenario still only has him competing for a spot on the big-league staff next spring, but the 28-year-old right-hander will at least officially be part of the Mets organization again.
Mejia (suspension) will be eligible to return to Major League Baseball in 2019, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. Mejia become the first person to be banned for life for multiple performance-enhancing drug-related offenses after failing a third test in 2016. The ban has now been shortened but he will still end up having missed three years. He was an effective pitcher during his previous time in the big leagues, posting a 3.68 ERA in 183.1 career innings and saving 28 games in 2014, but it's hard to say what his effectiveness will be after missing such a long period of time.
Mejia (suspension), who agreed to one-year, $1.73 million contract with the Mets earlier this month, is expected to apply for reinstatement to Major League Baseball in the near future, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports. Mejia hasn't pitched in affiliated ball since the 2015 season after MLB handed him a lifetime ban in February 2016 for a third positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. The language of Mejia's suspension allows for a reduction in the ban for a minimum of two years, so with that date looming, it appears the 28-year-old is gearing up for a comeback. A hearing would be held within 30 days of any formal application for reinstatement, with commissioner Rob Manfred ultimately deciding Mejia's merits for a return to the big leagues. If Mejia's appeal is denied, the Mets wouldn't be on the hook for his salary.
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