Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia permanently banned by MLB after third positive drug test

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia delivers to the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of a exhibition baseball game Friday, April 3, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.

FLUSHING, Queens -- Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has become the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

The commissioner's office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone.

The 26-year-old was the Mets' closer before he was suspended for 80 games last April 11 following a positive test for Stanozolol. He returned July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, then was banned for 162 games on July 28 after a positive test for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

Major league players and teams agreed in November 2005 that a third positive test for PEDs would result in a lifetime ban.

No players have been banned for life under the minor league drug program.

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