Jef­fress on re­stricted list af­ter DWI

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

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.

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