Spring Training '19

McAdam: Jenrry Mejia won’t make the Opening Day roster, but he may not be far behind

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox signing of Jenrry Mejia attracted a lot of attention this past winter, with much of it negative.

After all, Mejia was suspended three different times for violating baseball's PED policy and until last fall, was facing a permanent ban from the game. He was then reinstated by commissioner Rob Manfred, and after completing a successful stint in winter ball, signed a minor league deal with the Sox.

It was noteworthy that the deal did not include an invite to major league camp, which is frequently granted to players with major league experience.

Nonetheless, Mejia has gotten his opportunities this spring. The appearances came slowly at first and were spaced out some, but more recently, Mejia has gotten into games more frequently. On Sunday, he made his sixth appearance in a major league spring training game and again looked sharp, getting a couple of flyouts sandwiched around a strikeout.