Jeffress on restricted list after DWI
ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, twice suspended in the minors for violating drug rules, was put on the restricted list Friday after his overnight arrest in Dallas on a drunken-driving charge.
However, general manager Jon Daniels said he expected the former Brewers closer acquired in a trade Aug. 1 to be back with the team Saturday.
“I’m glad no one was hurt from it,” Daniels said. “I don’t want to minimize the severity of what could’ve happened. Beyond that, we need to get our arms around some more of the specifics regarding the due process.”
A Dallas police spokesman said an officer made a traffic stop at 2:24 a.m. Friday and arrested Jeffress, 28, after “detecting a sign of intoxication.”
Online records for the Dallas County Jail show he was booked about 5:15 a.m. on a charge of driving while intoxicated and was released on $500 bond.
Daniels said he spoke to Jeffress after the arrest, as did catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the primary player acquired in the trade with the Brewers.
“I know he fights some stuff on the personal level,” Lucroy said. “Whenever you’re dealing with stuff in your personal life, that becomes way more important than the game. And we have to help him get through whatever he’s trying to get through.”
The Brewers drafted Jeffress 16th overall in 2006. He was suspended for 50 games in 2007 and for 100 games in 2009, both times when he was in the minors.
The hard-throwing righthander became the Brewers closer this season, recording 27 of his 28 career saves. As one of the setup men for closer Sam Dyson, Jeffress has no record and no saves with a 4.00 ERA in nine appearances with the Rangers.