A ridiculous incident occurred where a major league pitcher who was suspended for 80 games last year for testing positive for a banned substance was found to have the same drug again. This time, the punishment is a suspension of 162 games.
The main character is JC Mejia (27), a reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers.
MLB.com reported on the 21st (Korean time), “Mejia tested positive for stanozolol, a synthetic steroid, in a banned substance test. He was suspended for 162 games.” This year, 13 players were caught using banned substances in the minor league, but this is the first time a banned substance has been detected in the major league.
Milwaukee general manager Matt Arnold immediately issued a club statement saying, “We fully support Major League Baseball’s drug prevention and treatment program and agree with its goal of eliminating banned substances.”
Mejia made his big league debut with the Cleveland Guardians in 2021. On May 22nd (Korean time), with the Minnesota Twins losing 0-10, he took the mound and made an impressive debut by pitching 2⅓ innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 5. On May 25th, his second appearance as a pitcher, he came on the mound in the bottom of the 6th inning with the score tied 3-3, went 1 inning with no hits, 1 strikeout, and no runs, and the team won 6-5, enjoying his first win since his debut.
After appearing in a total of 17 games, including 11 starts, Mejia did not do well, pitching 52⅓ innings, going 1-7, with an ERA of 8.25, and transferred to Milwaukee after the season.
He was called up in May and performed poorly, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs in 1⅓ innings against Cincinnati on the 12th, and 2 walks, 2 hits, and 1 run in 1 inning against Miami on the 15th. He pitched 2⅓ innings in two games, allowing 5 hits and 6 runs, with an ERA of 23.14. And banned substances were detected in a urine test. He was found to contain the steroid stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, and was suspended for 80 games.
Mejia, who returned this year, was called up in July. In July, he pitched in 6 games and pitched 6⅓ innings, showing good performance with 7 hits and 2 runs, along with 1 win and an ERA of 2.84.
But he hasn’t been good in August. He continued his good pitching with 2 hits, 4 strikeouts, and no runs in 2 innings against Pittsburgh on the 4th, but recorded 2 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, and 2 runs in 2 innings against Pittsburgh on the 7th, and 1 inning against the Chicago White Sox on the 14th. He collapsed with 4 hits and 3 runs.토토사이트
Unfortunately, a shoulder injury was discovered and he was placed on the 60-day injured list. To make matters worse, the banned substance he had taken last year was detected again and he was suspended for 162 games, which is one year’s worth.
It can only be said to be shocking that a player who had been suspended from competition after being found to have a banned substance was found to have another banned substance not long after being relieved of disciplinary action.
In Major League Baseball, players who violate prohibited substances are subject to suspension of 80 games for the first time and 162 games for the second time. The third is permanent expulsion. Henry Mejia is the only player in the Major League to be permanently expelled due to banned substances regulations. He was caught twice in 2015, and again in 2016 and was permanently expelled. Henry Mejia, who continued his career as a player in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela’s winter league, was approved for a conditional return two years later and played minor league games, but did not return to the big league.