The commissioner’s office announced Tuesday that Brewers JC Mejía relief pitcher has suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball’s combined drug prevention and treatment program. Mejía’s suspension is effective as of Tuesday.
This is the second time this year that a Brewers player has been suspended. Just before the start of the season, catcher Pedro Severino was suspended for 80 games on April 5 after a positive drug test. Severino has tested positive for the performance enhancer clomiphene.
To replace the right-handed Mejía, brewers chose the right-hand diluted Trevor Kelley of Triple-A Nashville.
The Brewers acquired Mejía, 25, from the Guardians in November, believing he could be a useful addition to their game of bulls as someone with a minor league option left, curiosities and good numbers as a savior.
Mejía started the season with Nashville, scoring a 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings with 15 strokes. But he hasn’t experienced that level of success after being promoted by the Brewers last week. In 2 1/3 innings spanning two appearances with Milwaukee, Mejía gave up six earned runs, five walks and five hits.
The Brewers have a Bullpen-dominant background consisting of Josh Hader, Devin Williams and Brad Boxberger. But their middle satisfaction has some questions. Mejía’s comment only adds to the list. Brent Sutter has been solid lately and usually reliable, but Trevor Gutt has been dealing with a quad injury. Jandel Gustaf is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury and Jake Cousins is out for at least six weeks with an elbow injury. Milwaukee will need to find help with Bullpup in the form of more right-handed pitchers they can trust.
In round 13 with Nashville, Kelly has a 0.69 ERA with 17 strokes. He appeared in three senior spring league training games and waived four wins in three innings. In an 11 2/3 career round in the majors, he earned a 9.26 ERA. He still has to promote for the Brewers this season.
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