It looks like Jeremy Jeffress is ready to come back to the big league club. Jeffress has been on a minor-league rehab assignment since shortly after the beginning of the regular season. Monday or Tuesday looks like the day for his return, according to manager Craig Counsell during the media scrum before today’s getaway game with the Dodgers.
Reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who has been on minor-league rehab at @missionsmilb, will join #Brewers in Milwaukee on Monday. Counsell said he'll be activated either that day or Tuesday. Reports are that his shoulder is not an issue anymore.— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 14, 2019
During Jeffress’ first Spring Training appearance, he threw but only a few pitches before being removed from the game. His fastball was coming out of his hand at 84 mph. He retreated to the clubhouse with training staff.
Jeremy Jeffress left the game after just three pitches in his spring debut. He sat in the dugout and had a conversation on the bench with Craig Counsell. Jeffress just went back in the clubhouse with head athletic trainer Scott Barringer.— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) March 6, 2019
It was deemed that Jeffress had shoulder weakness. According to Jeffress, the short off-season affected his time to prepare. Unfortunately his shoulder hadn’t strengthened enough for the upcoming season with no chance of starting the season with the major league club.
Jeffress on how the shoulder issue came about: "Nothing caused it. Had a short off-season, man. I felt like I didn't have enough time to prepare....I did what I was supposed to do, but it just wasn't enough. My arm was like 'you're not quite ready yet'." #Brewers @Bill_Michaels— Joe Zenzola (@RadioJoeSports) April 4, 2019
Hopefully, his shoulder is ready and he is sharper than he has been in rehab appearances. If he is, Jeffress will be a welcome sight in the Milwaukee bullpen. Should Jeffress provae capable of returning to his 2018 form, many of the bullpen worries going around Brewer Nation will be more than alleviated.
Jeremy Jeffress tonight at Triple-A San Antonio: 1ip, 4h, 3er, 2k. Barring a setback he'll pitch again tomorrow. Barring a setback in that one, it could be the end of his rehab assignment.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 10, 2019