Mejia to appeal lifetime MLB ban


New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia said he will appeal his lifetime ban from the MLB after a third performance-enhancing substance violation.

Mejia, a 26-year-old right-hander, had already been suspended for 80 games in April 2015 after testing positive for Stanozolol.

The Dominican returned for seven games before being hit with a 162-game suspension in July for testing positive again for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

His latest suspension was also due to Boldenone, but Mejia insists he will appeal the decision and clear his name.

"It is not like they say. I am sure that I did not use anything," Mejia told Dominican sports journalist Hector Gomez.

"I will appeal, win or lose, I have faith. I have to clear my name.

"I am not going to stay with my arms crossed. I will take this case to the bitter end."