Texas Rangers rumors: Jeremy Jeffress, the Texas Rangers relief pitcher who has been on the restricted list since his arrest on August 26, 2016, is expected to rejoin the Rangers tomorrow, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Jeffress, acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the deal that also brought Jonathan Lucroy to Texas at the trade deadline, checked into rehab in late August after that arrest for DUI, with the league apparently indicating his choice was between rehab or a suspension.
The tweet seems to indicate that Jeffress will be active and off the restricted list, which is a surprise -- I’ve been guessing Jeffress was likely done for the year once he went into rehab. As it is, Jeffress would still seem unlikely to end up on the Rangers’ playoff roster, give his absence, his less than stellar performance for Texas prior to his arrest (he gave up 4 runs in 9 IP with 6 walks and 7 Ks post-trade), and the fact that Tanner Scheppers has stepped up of late and appears to have claimed Jeffress’s role.
The Rangers’ 40 man roster currently sits at 39, so they don’t have to make a move to clear a spot if they activated him tomorrow. Jeff Banister can presumably put him into a few games over the final week-plus, and get a better handle on if he’s a legitimate option for the playoff roster.