3:06pm: Club GM Jon Daniels says that Jeffress will go to the restricted list, as Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was among those to report (Twitter links). That will likely only be a one-day placement, however, and is intended to ensure that the team has a full bullpen.
It appears that Jeffress was found to be intoxicated after drinking at a nightclub when he was stopped, with Chris Siron and Naheed Rajwani of the Dallas Morning News providing further detail on the charges. Though alcohol does not fall within the parameters of the Joint Drug Agreement, the league is investigating the matter, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Twitter).
11:04am: Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was arrested in Dallas overnight for DWI, reports Rebecca Lopez of WFAA 8 News in Dallas. Per Lopez, Dallas County Jail records show that Jeffress was booked at 5:13am. It’s unclear if he’ll face any sort of disciplinary action from the team or the league (though there’s little in the way precedent for league-mandated punishment following a DWI or DUI charge). The Rangers issued the following statement to WFAA: “The Texas Rangers are aware of the situation involving Jeremy Jeffress that took place early this morning. At this time, we are in the process of the gathering information and have no further comment.”
Details surrounding this incident remain unclear, though Jeffress has been disciplined for substance abuse in the past. Jeffress was suspended on multiple occasions in his minor league career for marijuana usage, though the last such suspension came all the way back in 2009. In a recent interview with MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Jeffress attributed that usage to treatment for epilepsy, which has plagued him since his teen years.
Texas acquired the 28-year-old Jeffress alongside catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the Aug. 1 trade that sent minor leaguers Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later to the Brewers. Jeffress has a 4.00 ERA in nine innings since the trade and a 2.52 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, a 58.9 percent ground-ball rate and 27 saves on the season as a whole. He’ll be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and can be controlled by the Rangers through the 2019 season.