Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress is expected to rejoin the club Friday in Oakland, according to national reporter Ken Rosenthal.
Rangers officials were not available to confirm or deny the report late Thursday night.
Jeffress was arrested early in the morning on Aug. 26 in Dallas on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He was placed on the restricted list by the Rangers while the league investigated the matter. Several days after his arrest Jeffress checked into a facility for substance abuse treatment in Houston.
At the time, Jeffress released a statement that included: “Make no mistake, drinking and driving is wrong. I made a mistake that not only jeopardized my well-being but the well-being of others, and I thank God that nobody was hurt because of my mistake.”
Jeffress, according to sources, has been throwing on his own while he’s been away from the club.
The Rangers’ bullpen has been a bit shorthanded despite the additions of September callups since early September. Jeffress absence since Aug. 26 was followed a week later by Tony Barnette, who has been unavailable since Sept. 4 with an oblique strain.
In nine appearances (nine innings) since joining the Rangers in early August, Jeffress has a 4.00 ERA and six strikeouts. Before being traded to the Rangers from the Brewers along with Jonathan Lucroy on Aug. 1, Jeffress compiled 27 saves and a 2.22 ERA in 44 2/3 innings for Milwaukee.