Jeffress allowed an earned run while pitching 1.2 innings of relief in Wednesday's victory over the Phillies, but according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, manager Craig Counsell was "very encouraged" by Jeffress's velocity in the outing. Jeffress has gradually been increasing the speed on his fastball since making his season debut in mid-April. He's now finally back to where he was last year, as he sat in the 95-to-96 mile-per-hour range Wednesday and touched 97 on the gun. Jeffress allowed three earned runs over his last 2.2 innings after allowing just two over his first 10 frames of the season, but with his best fastball back in his arsenal, there's ample reason to believe he will be more effective moving forward. While Jeffress made the All-Star Game and notched 15 saves last year, his late start to this season currently has him behind both Josh Hader and Junior Guerra on the Brewers' bullpen ladder.
Jeffress recorded his first hold of the season with a perfect eighth inning in Monday's victory over the Nationals. Jeffress has mainly filled a middle-relief role since making his season debut April 17, but his velocity has increased of late, which has led manager Craig Counsell to start using him in key spots again. He took another step with his fastball Monday, sitting at 94 and touching 95 mph, and it's likely he will remain part of the Brewers' late-inning mix moving forward, along with Josh Hader and Junior Guerra.
Jeffress tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Thursday's loss to the Rockies. Jeffress allowed an earned run in each of his previous two outings, but he was sharp Thursday, retiring all six of the batters he faced (one via strikeout). Jeffress has still not been added to the Brewers' late-inning mix since making his debut April 17, but his fastball sat at 93-94 mph Thursday for the second outing in a row, so he could be close to being back to the form that earned him a spot in his first All-Star Game a year ago.
Jeffress tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Monday's loss to the Cardinals. Jeffress has been used in low-leverage situations since making his debut last week, but he may be getting close to rejoining the late-inning mix, as he was summoned from the bullpen in the sixth inning with the Brewers trailing by just a lone run, and got the job done. Jeffress is still not throwing as consistently hard as he was a year ago, but he is showing signs of progress in that regard, hitting 92 mph or higher on all 11 of his four- and two-seam fastballs Monday -- and topping out at 94 mph -- after touching 92 just three times on eight total fastballs over his first two appearances of the season.
Jeffress recorded two outs, one via strikeout, in his 2019 debut Wednesday. Manager Craig Counsell wanted to ease Jeffress into action after he returned from the injured list, and he did just that, using him in the eighth inning in a game the Brewers trailed 6-2 when Jeffress entered. Jeffress allowed seven earned runs in 4.1 innings over four rehab outings, but he got the job done in his first big-league outing of the season. Jeffress sat in the low 90s and topped out at 93 mph Wednesday, so he still has a bit of velocity to regain. As long as he is able to add a few ticks to his fastball, and once he is able to build up his stamina, he should find himself working in higher-leverage spots again.