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Red Sox Farm Report: Jenrry Mejia closing games in Pawtucket

Nick Friar
April 09, 2019 - 7:10 am

The Red Sox sent shock waves across Major League Baseball when they signed Jenrry Mejia to a minor league contract leading up to the 2019 season. The right-handed reliever became the face of modern performance-enhancing drugs use in MLB when he received a lifetime ban in 2016 for failing his third drug test.

Evidently, “lifetime ban” didn’t refer to Mejia’s lifetime, with Commissioner Rob Manfred reinstating him in 2018.

Now a member of the Red Sox, Mejia was swiftly sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket after giving up six earned runs over eight innings in the Grapefruit League (6.75 ERA) while striking out 10.

Mejia has served as Pawtucket’s closer in the early going and already found himself in three save opportunities. His most recent one was a two-inning outing on Monday where he struck out two and allowed one hit to convert the save. Mejia also earned the save in the PawSox season opener, but suffered a hiccup in between when he blew the lead against the Syracuse Mets, surrendering a run in the 4-3 loss.

Mejia still seems to be finding himself, though there’s no need for him to rush. Boston isn’t exactly in dire need for help in the bullpen at this point.

 

Shutting down Tim Tebow

In their extended stretch against Syracuse, PawSox pitchers had to take on Mets sideshow Tim Tebow. The overhyped distraction was held at bay for the most part. He only had two hits after 14 at-bats and knocked two runs in the same April 4 game Mejia blew. He also struck out five times over the four games.