Mar 31, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress (33) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Blast From The Past: Milwaukee Brewers Add Jeremy Jeffress

The Milwaukee Brewers did some bullpen shuffling on Monday, optioning right-hander Rob Wooten to Triple-A Nashville and transferring right-hander Jim Henderson to the 60-day disabled list.

To take Wooten’s place on the 25-man roster and to fill the 40-man spot cleared by the Henderson move, the Brewers purchased the contract of right-hander Jeremy Jeffress from Nashville, according to MLB.com.

If the name sounds familiar, it should. Jeffress, who will be 27 in September, was the 16th overall pick in the 2006 draft by Milwaukee out of Halifax County High School in Virginia.

His ascension through the minor leagues was delayed by multiple suspensions for marijuana use, finally making it to Milwaukee when rosters expanded in September 2010.

Jeffress made 10 relief appearances for the Brewers that month, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.400 WHIP in 10 innings, striking out eight.

But Jeffress was part of the price paid to the Kansas City Royals to bring in former Cy Young Award winner Zach Greinke in December 2010. Jeffress, along with shortstop Alcides Escobar and a pair of prospects—outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-hander Jake Odorizzi—were sent to the Royals in exchange for Greinke and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

Jeffress pitched parts of two seasons for Kansas City, posting a 5.65 ERA and 1.919 WHIP in 27 appearances across 2011-12, working 28.2 innings and striking out 26.

The Toronto Blue Jays purchased his contract in November 2012 and he worked parts of 2013-14 for the Jays. He had a 0.87 ERA and 1.258 WHIP in 10 appearances and 10.1 innings, with 12 strikeouts, in 2013, but after three forgettable appearances in April—allowing four runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings—he was released by the Jays on April 16.

The Brewers signed him to a minor-league deal two days later and sent him to Nashville, where he has been very good—a 1.51 ERA and 1.224 WHIP in 30 appearances covering 41.2 innings. Jeffress struck out 45 with the Sounds and picked up five saves.

Henderson’s move from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, meanwhile, won’t do anything to change his eligibility to return. Henderson is currently at Nashville on a rehab assignment and has been on the disabled list since May 2—already more than 60 days.

The only caveat to activating Henderson at this point will be that someone will have to be removed from the 40-man roster in conjunction with the move.

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