Collins says Mejia will have spot in Mets bullpen upon returning from ban

BY foxsports • June 17, 2015

Contrary to New York Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson's comments earlier in the season, it appears as though Jenrry Mejia will be taken in with open arms when he returns to the club from his 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.

According to the New York Daily News, manager Terry Collins said that "when [Mejia] comes back, he'll certainly be at the back end of that bullpen and ready to help out."

Alderson suggested at the news of Mejia's suspension in April that the reliever might not even have a roster spot after serving his PED suspension.

Although it appears as though he'll now be welcomed into the Mets' relief rotation, Mejia has lost his spot as closer, as former setup man Jeurys Familia has thrived in his new role as closer since taking over for Mejia.

Collins notes that whenever Mejia can get back into game shape, he'll be welcomed into the Mets' late-relief staff.

"This was not about health. His arm is fine," Collins said. "So when he gets his reps in and he gets his command back as he's getting ready to pitch – when he comes back – he'll certainly be at the back end of that bullpen."

(h/t New York Daily News)

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