Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress returned to the bullpen before Tuesday’s game after being on the disabled list since June 21 with a lower back muscle strain. Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com
Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress returned to the bullpen before Tuesday’s game after being on the disabled list since June 21 with a lower back muscle strain. Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Texas Rangers

Jeremy Jeffress returns to Rangers’ bullpen, Ernesto Frieri DFA’d

By Stefan Stevenson

sstevenson@star-telegram.com

July 04, 2017 06:38 PM

UPDATED July 04, 2017 11:40 PM

ARLINGTON

Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was activated from the disabled list and Ernesto Frieri was designated for assignment before Tuesday’s game.

Jeffress had been on the DL with a muscle strain in his lower back since June 22.

“My bullpen yesterday was good, today was good,” said Jeffress, who told manager Jeff Banister he was ready to go. “I feel like I’m ready to face those guys. I’ve been around long enough to know the strengths that I have, what I can and cannot do.”

Jeffress felt the tightness in the bullpen before entering a game June 20.

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“I didn’t throw for three days in the beginning,” he said. “I think it took five days. The second day it was absolutely painful. Then with rest ... it came back fine.”

He suffered a small tear near the bottom of his Latissimi dorsi muscle.

Jeffress has been struggling along with the rest of the bullpen for much of the first half. He has a 5.46 ERA in almost 30 innings.

“I’m excited to get back, I miss the guys,” he said.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST