- Hat turned backward, Jeremy Jeffress grinned,
leaned back and enjoyed the view from the
Milwaukee Brewers' dugout.
former first-round pick is relishing a chance to
stick in the majors with the team that drafted him
in 2006. Milwaukee called up the right-hander from
Triple-A Nashville this week to help bolster the
has been suspended twice for violating the minor
league drug policy, which he has said was for
marijuana use. He has also suffered from
the new father describes himself as being "in
a very good place."
have a little girl now, 5 1/2-months old. I'm very
clean and sober. I've been very well,"
16th overall in 2006, Jeffress has had an
unexceptional major league career so far.
is 3-1 with one save and a 4.47 ERA in 50 games,
playing in parts of five seasons with the Brewers,
Royals and Blue Jays. He might be best known for
his inclusion in the six-player deal that brought
ace Zack Greinke from Kansas City to Milwaukee in
had a 10.80 ERA in three innings with Toronto
early this season before declining a minor league
assignment April 16. He signed a minor league deal
two days later with Milwaukee.
manager Doug Melvin drafted Jeffress eight years
ago. Jeffress considers his return to Milwaukee a
stuck with me for a long time," he said.
"I never thought I would be back. ... I know
my time here was a great experience. It was home
low point came about two years ago when he was
toiling in the minors and thought about quitting
the game. At one point, he had a seizure on a
plane during a road trip.
seizures, Jeffress said, typically happened in the
mornings. Doctors didn't know what was causing
them until he spent a week at Women &
Children's Hospital of Buffalo, where he suffered
a seizure during his stay. He was put on an
extended-release medication that has helped
control the seizures.
the Milwaukee bullpen, Jeffress will be relied
upon to add a power-throwing presence in the
bullpen. He had 45 strikeouts in 41 2-3 innings in
the minors while walking 18.
is ready for any role assigned by manager Ron
always got to make sure he's doing the right
things," Roenicke said. "Hopefully
that's what we see here."