Brewers add Jeffress to 40-man
MILWAUKEE — With an open spot available, the Brewers added right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, optioning him to Class A Wisconsin.
When reliever Todd Coffey was activated from the disabled list, the Brewers designated Chris Smith for assignment, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Smith eventually accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville, but the open spot remained.
Jeffress, 22, was a first-round selection by the Brewers in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. His time with the club has been marred by separate 50-game and 100-game suspensions for testing positive for “a drug of abuse.”
Since signing with the club in 2006, Jeffress has played for the Double-A Huntsville Stars, Class A Advanced Brevard County Manatees and the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
After being suspended 100 games on June 29, 2009, Jeffress returned earlier this month in a new role, moving to the bullpen for the Timber Rattlers.
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter