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Mejia cleared to join Mets at spring camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Major League Baseball has affirmed Jenrry Mejia's age and identity, a Mets spokesman said, clearing Mejia to report to camp in Florida this week.

The United States consulate in the Dominican Republic recently flagged Mejia for what the Mets believed to be a "random" age and identity review. MLB undertook the inquiry, officially clearing Mejia on Wednesday.

Mejia, 23, has been working out in the D.R. while he waited for MLB to complete its investigation. The Mets intend to use him as a starting pitcher this spring, and the right-hander is a strong bet to open the season in Triple-A Las Vegas' rotation.