Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has joined the team in Oakland and has been cleared by the MLB following a DWI arrest in late August. Jeffress has completed treatment in rehab for an unspecified treatment.
The Texas Rangers were aware that Jeffress had been throwing while in rehab but it is unclear just how long it may take for him to get back to form. Right now the Rangers have a bullpen that has been pitching well but the addition of Jeffress would be welcomed.
Since being included in the Jonathan Lucroy trade this year from the Milwaukee Brewers, Jeffress has a 4.00 ERA with 6 strikeouts through 9 innings pitched. There has been times when he has looked great and other times when he didn’t look good.
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Jeffress has not been made active just yet but when he is I believe the understanding is that he has a spot in the bullpen that is his to lose. The Rangers may not attempt to put him in a game until sometime next week just to make sure he his physically where he needs to be.
The Texas Bullpen has been performing quite well with Sam Dyson only allowing 1 run over his last 10 games. Tanner Scheppers has been the other addition to the bullpen as of late and he has been pitching quite well only having one bad outing through 6 game appearances.
Jeremy Jeffress did what was best for him and his life, sometimes we forget that these athletes are individuals who have a life and issues that they struggle with. If Jeffress is able to come back into the bullpen and contribute during the playoffs then it will be just another storyline of this magical season.
His addition to the conversation of what this bullpen will be like in the playoffs will further the likelihood of Derek Holland not pitching in any fashion during the playoffs. The Texas Rangers will be facing a good problem when they decide just who will be in or out of the playoff bullpen.
It is nice that he will be with the team when they clinch their 2nd consecutive A.L. title during this weekend series versus the A’s. Do you think that Jeffress will be able to contribute enough to make an impact?