The Milwaukee Brewers are closing in on the NL Central title.
They have a record of 86-66 and are looking at the third seed in the National League playoffs.
But, as they inch closer to winning the division, unfortunate news came with one of their pitchers.
According to Adam McCalvy, Brewers pitcher J.C. Mejia has been suspended for 162 games without pay.
Brewers pitcher J.C. Mejía, who appeared in nine games in the Majors this season, has received a 162-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, MLB announced.
It is his second penalty for that substance; he was suspended 80 games last year.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 20, 2023
Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol, which is a banned substance.
Since he is a two-time offender, he gets a full season’s worth of games the second time around.
Mejia has not had much of an impact on the Brewers this year.
He has only thrown 11.1 innings with an ERA of 5.56.
More than anything this whole issue is a distraction to the team.
The Brewers cannot allow this to become a bigger issue than it is.
Mejia was not going to have an impact for them in the postseason and now he will not even be on the roster.
It will be interesting to see how the Brewers match up with some of the National League’s best teams.
They have a strong pitching staff and a great bullpen, but their lineup leaves something to be desired.
Milwaukee is not a team that can win a bunch of games by outscoring their opponent.
It will take elite pitching and defense for the Brewers to go far in the postseason.
Almost no one is picking Milwaukee to win the NL pennant this season.
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