Jeffress will likely team with Rowan Wick as setup options ahead of Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wick was dominant for the Cubs last season, posting a 2.43 ERA and 35 strikeouts across 33.1 innings of relief, while Jeffress struggled with a 5.02 ERA for Milwaukee. That could put Wick slightly ahead in the bullpen pecking order for now, but Jeffress did record a stellar 1.29 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 89 strikeouts across 76.2 innings in 2018, so he's had success in recent years. In the righty's down 2019 campaign, his average fastball velocity dipped from 95.3 mph a season earlier to 93.8 mph. If he's able to regain some zip on his fastball, Jeffress could be a nice weapon for Chicago whenever the regular season is able to begin.
Jeffress (hip) is listed among the Cubs' available relief options for Monday's Cactus League game against the Angels.
Jeffress was tending to a strained left hip before he was released by the Brewers in early September, but the right-hander was likely already fully healthy by the time he signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in late January. He'll be taking the hill Monday for his second relief outing of the spring after he tossed a scoreless frame Friday versus the Padres in his Cactus League debut.
Jeffress (hip) signed a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Cubs on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Cubs are taking a low-risk gamble that the 32-year-old's 2020 campaign will more closely resemble his 2018 season than his 2019 struggles. Two years ago, he posted a stellar 1.29 ERA while striking out 29.8 percent of opposing batters. Last season, he slumped to a 5.02 ERA as his strikeout rate plummeted to 20.4 percent. He also suffered a hip injury in late April and was released by the Brewers in early September, though it's not clear if that issue is expected to carry forward into this season.
Jeffress (hip) was released by the Brewers on Tuesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Jeffress was designated for assignment Sunday, and as expected, he's now been issued his release. He was unable to replicate his stats from the 2018 season (1.29 ERA with 89 strikeouts over 76.2 innings), posting a 5.02 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 46:17 K:BB over 52 frames in 2019.
The Brewers activated Jeffress (hip) from the 10-day injured list Sunday and designated him for assignment.
Jeffress was never truly able to get on track this season after an injury in spring training and has a 7.33 ERA and 1.63 WHIP dating back to June 19. The 31-year-old landed on the injured list Aug. 25 with a left hip strain and resumed throwing Friday. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers intend to release Jeffress, but they'll start by creating some space on the 40-man roster for September callups. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the veteran right-hander plans to step away for the rest of the season to try and get healthy for spring training.
Jeffress (hip) is set to resume throwing Friday, Sophia Minnaert of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.
Jeffress has been out since Sunday with a strained left hip. He doesn't have a precise return timetable yet, but the fact that he's already throwing again suggests that he won't be out too long.
Jeffress was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left hip strain.
Jeffress has surrendered five runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and one strikeout in his last three outings (3.1 innings), and he'll now spend some time on the injured list. It's been a tough season for the 31-year-old with a 5.02 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 46:17 K:BB through 52 innings.
Jeffress tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in Wednesday's victory over the Pirates.
Wednesday's outing snapped a five-appearance streak over which Jeffress allowed at least one earned run in each game, and nine earned runs in all. He has not nearly as effective as he was last season, but he owned a 3.63 ERA as recently as July 21, so he may simply have hit a rough patch. Jeffress' struggles have kept him out of the late-inning mix of late, but if Wednesday's outing is the start of a turnaround, he could still get back in there before the season comes to a close.
Jeffress blew his third save of the season in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Reds.
With Josh Hader unavailable, Jeffress was called upon to close out Monday's game after the Brewers dramatically took a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning thanks to a Tyler Saladino grand slam. However, Jeffress was unable to shut the door, serving up a two-run, two-out home run to Eugenio Suarez. Expect Jeffress to continue working primarily in a setup role in front of Hader.
Jeffress allowed two runs, one earned, in a blown save opportunity Saturday, but still picked up his third win of the season in the Brewers' walk-off victory over the Giants.
Jeffress was summoned to close out Saturday's game with fellow reliever Josh Hader unavailable, but -- at least in part to a defensive mishap -- he was unable to lock it up. He did keep the game tied, though, and the Brewers' offense was able to pick him up. Jeffress allowed nine earned runs in 11.1 innings over his last 11 outings, but expect him to continue seeing work in key situations and filling in as closer when Hader needs a break.
Jeffress allowed a run on two hits Monday, striking out one batter and earning the save over Cincinnati.
Jeffress coughed up a two-out RBI single to Phillip Ervin but managed to close things out against the division rivals. He earned his first save of the year, but his ERA bounced to 4.18. Josh Hader allowed a two-run homer in the eighth before Jeffress came in, but Hader will still be the team's go-to closer.
Jeffress allowed two earned runs over 1.1 innings but still finished Sunday's 7-5 victory over the Reds.
Jeffress allowed both runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's contest, but the tying run did not come to the plate until there were two outs, so manager Craig Counsell gave him the opportunity to finish the contest, and Jeffress ultimately got the job done. Jeffress has allowed seven earned runs over 10.2 innings this month (5.91 ERA), but the good news for fantasy players is he seems to have settled in as the setup man in front of closer Josh Hader.
Jeffress tossed a scoreless eighth inning and picked up his first win of the season in Sunday's victory over the Pirates.
Jeffress entered Sunday's game in the eighth inning with the contest tied, and he picked up the win after the Brewers scored three runs in the bottom of the frame. Jeffress pitched in several situations after making his debut in mid-April through the end of May, but he should be considered the setup man in front of Josh Hader at this point, having pitched directly in front of Hader in four consecutive outings -- all games the Brewers ended up winning.
Jeffress tossed 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Thursday's victory over the Marlins.
Jeffress was summoned to pitch the seventh inning Thursday, and he recorded two outs in the eighth frame before giving way to closer Josh Hader, who locked down the win for the Brewers. Manager Craig Counsell is not one to clearly define roles in his bullpen, but Jeffress has now pitched directly in front of Hader in back-to-back outings, something he did the same number of times over his first 16 appearances of the season. Jeffress's fantasy utility will still have its limits even if he is indeed back in the setup role, but that would help his cause in leagues that count holds, and puts him on deck for saves should Hader be unavailable.
Jeffress threw two scoreless innings and struck out two batters in Thursday's victory over the Pirates.
Jeffress got a scare earlier in the week when he caught a line drive that just missed his head, but he was no worse for the wear after, and did not seem affected at all in Thursday's outing. Jeffress has thrown five scoreless frames in a row, and now owns a 2.55 ERA on the season. While he has been effective, he continues working in a different role than he held most of last year -- when he was mainly a setup man or closer -- entering before the eighth inning in seven straight outings.
Jeffress, who was removed from Monday's game against the Twins by manager Craig Counsell after narrowly avoiding a line drive hit at his head, did not report any issues Tuesday, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jeffress fell awkwardly to the ground after snagging the liner in his direction and stayed down for a few moments, which prompted Counsell to take him out of the game. However, Counsell said after the game he removed Jeffress for precautionary reasons, and Jeffress confirmed that Tuesday when asked. Jeffress threw just 16 pitches Monday in his first appearance in five days, so he should be good to go Tuesday if needed.
Manager Craig Counsell stated after Monday's game against the Twins that Jeffress appears to have avoided any kind of injury, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
It looked as though Jeffress may have tweaked his knee after landing awkwardly near the mound on a comebacker, but he was simply removed at his manager's discretion. The right-hander was evaluated shortly after leaving the ballgame and passed all of the medical staff's tests.
Jeffress needed assistance getting off the field after recording the third out of the fifth inning, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He walked one and retired one batter before being lifted.
Jeffress landed awkwardly after gloving a line drive that just missed hitting him in the head. He spent a few minutes on the ground before the team trainer helped him off the field. The nature of the right-hander's injury is unknown at this point, but he was spotted heading to the clubhouse for further evaluation.
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.
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|2010||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||8.0||5||0||0||0||0||0||14||3||0||0.00||0.375|
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|2012||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||58.0||37||0||0||5||4||2||61||25||52||4.97||1.328|
|2012||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||1||0||0.00||0.909|
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|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||4.1||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||0||9||15.37||2.195|