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Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia 1st to draw lifetime drug ban

9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 February 12, 2016 4:28 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Ronald Blum
Image: TastyPoutine via Wikimedia Commons - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

NEW YORK - Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has become the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

The commissioner's office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone.

The 26-year-old was the Mets' closer before he was suspended for 80 games last April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol. He returned July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was banned for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

Major league players and teams agreed in November 2005 that a third positive test for PEDs would result in a lifetime ban.

No players have been banned for life under the minor league drug program.

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