MILWAUKEE — Brewers reliever J.C. Mejía became the second Milwaukee player in six weeks to be handed an 80-game suspension when Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that he was being disciplined under the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Mejía tested positive for the synthetic steroid Stanozolol, MLB said. His suspension is effective immediately.
Like catcher Pedro Severino, who tested positive for the banned substance Clomiphene and was suspended just before Opening Day, Mejía was suspended without pay and will be ineligible for the next 80 regular season games plus the entire 2022 postseason should the Brewers get that far.
Mejía, 25, appeared in two games for the Brewers since a recent callup from Triple-A Nashville. He originally came to Milwaukee in a trade with Cleveland in November after he went 1-7 with an 8.25 ERA in 17 games (11 starts) in 2021.
To replace Mejía on the active roster, the Brewers purchased right-hander Trevor Kelley‘s contract from Triple-A Nashville.