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Brewers pitcher receives 162-game suspension after testing positive for same PED a second time


Milwaukee Brewers pitcher JC Mejia has been suspended 162 games after a second positive PED test.

Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol, according to a league release.

It’s the same substance he used that earned him his first suspension last year, which lasted 80 games.

“The Milwaukee Brewers fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and share the goal of eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game,” Brewers general manager Matt Arnold said in a statement.

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JC Mejia of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guarantee Rate Field on August 13, 2023, in Chicago. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Mejía, 27, has been on the injured list with a shoulder problem since August 15. He was moved to the 60-day injured list last week.

The Dominican native is in his third season in the major leagues, after spending his first year in Cleveland. He has an 8.32 ERA in 28 games during his big league career.

JC Mejia delivering

Milwaukee relief pitcher JC Mejia throws a pitch during a game against the Atlanta Braves on July 28, 2023, at Truist Park in Atlanta. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In nine MLB outings this year, he had a 5.56 ERA.

He is the first MLB player suspended for drugs this season. Thirteen minor leaguers were suspended.

Launch of JC Mejia

JC Mejia of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at American Family Field on August 6, 2023, in Milwaukee. (John Fisher/Getty Images)

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A third positive PED test would result in a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball. Jenrry Mejia is the only player banned for life following positive PED tests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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