Brewers call up twice-suspended Jeffress

The Milwaukee Brewers have called up right-hander Jeremy

Jeffress, their top pick in the 2006 amateur draft who has been

suspended twice for violating Major League Baseball’s drug


Jeffress was banned for 50 games in 2007 and 100 games last year

for his repeat violation. The 22-year-old joined the team in

Cincinnati on Wednesday, ready for his major league debut. Jeffress

went 1-1 with three saves in 11 appearances at Double-A


The Brewers also called up right-hander Carlos Villanueva and

third baseman Mat Gamel on Wednesday. Villanueva was optioned to

Triple-A Nashville on July 28. Gamel batted .309 with 13 homers in

82 games at Nashville after missing two months with a torn muscle

in his right shoulder.