Tom, a reader of MetsBlog: Will Jenrry Mejia be eligible to pitch in the postseason this year? I recall he wouldn't have been able to pitch last year prior because it was his second offense. So, I was curious if that would be the case in 2016?
He'll be in camp this spring, and able to return from suspension after July 26. According to a recent AP report, yes, despite the suspension, he will be eligible to pitch during the postseason in 2016. However, he can't if he's suspended again...
I'm curious to see how he is treated in St. Lucie. His teammates were pretty angry with him last summer, when he failed his second PED test. Frankly, they were so disappointed, I'm surprised the organization tendered him a contract. That said, the kid still has a ton of talent, he served his suspension and if everyone is cool with his return, I understand why he's back in the mix. The fact is, he'll only cost them around $1.5 to $2 million, because his salary is prorated. Also, because he is currently on the suspended list, the Mets can carry him without using a 40-man roster spot.
So, for now, no harm no foul. They have him under contract and can keep an eye on him during extended spring training. And, if he looks healthy and clean, they can promote him in early August. Again, assuming he's effective and clean, at that salary, he's a huge addition at a time when most contending teams are searching for help in the bullpen.
The point is, despite a rocky road, Mejia's story is still being written with the Mets and it's up to him whether it includes the postseason.
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