Jeffress gave up two runs on four hits over two innings in Friday's 10-2 win over the Marlins, but he did not factor into the decision. Making a rare start out of necessity, Jeffress was the only Brewer to get touched up for runs on a bullpen day. The right-hander threw only 31 pitches (23 strikes), so he shouldn't need more than a couple of days rest before being available in middle relief once again.
Jeffress will be the spot starter for Milwaukee against the Marlins on Friday. Jeffress is set to make his first major-league start -- his first professionally since making a Double-A start in 2011 -- which will end up being a lengthy bullpen day for the Brewers. The right-hander isn't expected to throw more than 50 pitches before turning it over to another relief arm. His longest outing this season came in early August when he lasted 46 pitches (2.1 innings) against the Reds. Over the course of this year, Jeffress has posted a 4.55 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 57.1 innings.
Jeffress may start Friday's game against the Marlins, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Manager Craig Counsell hasn't officially named a starter, but Eric Thames let it slip that Jeffress may be first out of the gates in what is expected to be a bullpen game for the Brewers. He owns a 2.70 ERA and 16:11 K:BB in 16.2 innings since joining Milwaukee at the trade deadline. He'll likely top out around 50 pitches Friday.
Jeffress was traded to the Brewers on Monday for minor-league RHP Tayler Scott, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Jeffress will return to the Brewers after being traded to the Rangers alongside Jonathan Lucroy just last season. The 29-year-old has struggled to a 5.31 ERA and 1.67 WHIP through 40.2 innings of relief this season, but he'll add some much needed depth to a weak Milwaukee bullpen. He posted a 2.22 ERA through 44.2 innings with the Brew Crew last season before being traded, so he'll look to return to that form as he rejoins the team that drafted him in the first round in 2006.
Jeffress gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three over 2.1 innings of relief in Wednesday's 22-10 loss to the Marlins. Jeffress entered the game with two outs in the third inning and the Rangers trailing 9-1, which speaks volumes as to how far he's fallen in the bullpen pecking order. Though he was able to eat some innings in the blowout loss, Jeffress wasn't especially especially sharp, with the lone run he was charged with coming on a J.T. Realmuto long ball. Jeffress now sits on a 5.21 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 38 innings in what's been a miserable season.
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