TODAY, 6:18pm: Jeffress has been reinstated but will not be in uniform tonight, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. He’ll need to rebuild strength for at least a week on a throwing program, Grant adds, and it remains unclear whether and when he’ll actually take the hill for Texas.
YESTERDAY: Right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who has been checked into an inpatient rehab clinic for nearly a month following a DWI arrest, is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ bullpen tomorrow, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).
Jeffress, who turned 29 yesterday, was arrested late last month for driving with a reported blood-alcohol content of .115, and marijuana was reportedly found in the glove compartment of his car as well, although Jeffress was not charged with possession. Jeffress released a statement containing a lengthy and seemingly heartfelt apology at the time he entered the rehab clinic, and he’ll return to the club having spent between three and four weeks in treatment following his arrest.
The Rangers acquired Jeffress alongside Jonathan Lucroy in the trade that sent Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and Ryan Cordell to the Brewers, and the former Milwaukee closer had settled into a setup in manager Jeff Banister’s bullpen before his arrest. In nine innings with Texas, Jeffress has a 4.00 ERA, and he’s pitched to a collective 2.52 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and a 59.3 percent ground-ball rate in 53 2/3 innings this season. The Rangers control him for another three years via arbitration.