MLB permanently bans Mejia for PED violations

New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has received a permanent suspension from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

Major League Baseball announced the suspension Friday, saying that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone and that the right-hander also is permanently suspended from playing Minor League Baseball.

Mejia, 26, is the first player in baseball history to receive a permanent suspension under MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program.

It marks the third time in less than 12 months that Mejia has been suspended for a positive PED test. He was suspended 80 games last April after testing positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.

Shortly after completing the 80-game suspension, Mejia was suspended again in July, this time for testing positive for both Stanozolol and Boldenone.

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