Jenrry Mejia

Mejia conditionally allowed to return from drug ban in 2019

Jenrry Mejia will get another opportunity to pitch in the major leagues.

Nearly 2½ years after becoming the first player to receive a lifetime suspension under Major League Baseball's drug program, the New York Mets reliever was given conditional reinstatement Friday and could return to the big leagues in 2019.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Mejia will be able to participate in non-public workouts in the team's facilities after the All-Star break and will be eligible for a minor league rehabilitation assignment in mid-August. If Mejia meets specified conditions, such as not testing positive again for a banned substance, he would be eligible to resume all...

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