Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on a DWI charge in Dallas according to a report from Rebecca Lopez of WFAA. Details are sketchy at this point, but it appears that the 28 year old righty was still in custody as of this morning. It is not clear what substance he was suspected of using.
Dallas police sources say Texas Rangers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested this morning for DWI.— Rebecca Lopez (@rlopezwfaa) August 26, 2016
It’s also unclear what discipline, if any, the Rangers’ reliever will face. There is no precedent for disciplinary action by the league in cases like these, but players can be fined or suspended by their own clubs for driving under the influence.
Sadly, Jeffress has a history of substance abuse. While in the minor leagues in 2007, Jeffress served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for “a drug of abuse” that was later resolved to be marijuana. He also tested positive on two other occasions. Six years later while still in the minors, Jeffress was diagnosed with juvenile epilepsy which retroactively explained his self-medication to cope with the anxiety and seizures.
Jeffress came over to the Rangers in the Jonathan Lucroy deal, with the Brewers getting Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz in exchange. In 53.2 innings pitched this season, Jeffress has allowed 15 earned runs on 52 hits and 16 walks while striking out 41. He recorded 27 saves with the Brewers prior to his trade deadline deal, but has been used by the Rangers in a setup role behind closer Sam Dyson.
We will update this story in the future with any additional news on the charges against Jeffress and how he and the Rangers respond to the situation.