The right-handed pitcher will miss most of the 2024 MLB season Milwaukee Brewers right-hander J.C. Mejia found himself in hot water again after he was suspended for 162 games on Wednesday following a second positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. The suspension will sideline Mejia at the end of the upcoming baseball season.
Brewers RHP JC Mejia suspended 162 games after positive test for PED Stanozolol at @AdamMcCalvy Last year, he was suspended for 80 games for the same reason Mejia’s second offense in three years The 27-year-old pitcher tested positive for stanozolol, marking his second MLB drug contract violation.
His first suspension came on May 17, 2022, when he tested positive for a synthetic steroid derived from testosterone. Mejia, in his third season in the league, has made nine starts this season, holding a 1-0 record with a 5.56 ERA. His most recent appearance was hampered by inflammation in his right shoulder, which put him on the injured list last month. His status on the disabled list was extended when he was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Brewers director of baseball operations Matt Arnold expressed the team’s full support for MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program and emphasized the common goal of eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the game. Brewers pitcher J.C. Mejía, who played nine games in the majors this season, was suspended 162 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, MLB said.
This is his second conviction for the substance; he received 80 suspensions last year. The Brewers released this statement from GM Matt Arnold to J.C. on Mejía’s latest suspension and says club officials will not comment further. A major setback for Mejia Mejia’s professional journey has had its ups and downs.
A native of the Dominican Republic, he began his major league career with the Cleveland Guardians in 2021 and then joined the Brewers after his rookie season. Milwaukee re-signed him to the minor league this past offseason.
This suspension is a major setback for Mejia and the Brewers, The team currently boasts an 85-66 record and holds a six-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central division. The Brewers are one strike away from clinching the division title and their fifth postseason appearance in the last six years.
While the Brewers hope to end the season on a high note, J.C. Mejia faces an uncertain future in the MLB after another serious strikeout.