Jenrry Mejia gets 162-game ban for second failed PED test

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Jenrry Mejia just finished serving an 80-game suspension for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. And he apparently hasn’t quit the stuff. Via CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman

This time it’s for both Stanozolol and Boldenone. Monday night’s Tyler Clippard trade is suddenly looking even more crucial for the Mets, who currently sit two games back of the Nationals in the NL East.

Mejia had registered 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief this season for New York.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.