Less than a year ago, Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was one of the most dominant bullpen arms in baseball. Now, the Brewers just announced Sunday that they are parting ways with Jeffress in the midst of a 2019 season filled with injuries and poor performances:
#Brewers releasing Jeremy Jeffress, sources tell The Athletic. Currently on IL with strained left hip. Last 26 appearances: 7.33 ERA, .839 opponents’ OPS.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 1, 2019
Jeffress will shut it down in 2019 and prepare for next season:
Brewers are releasing Jeremy Jeffress, key performer in great 2018 season. On IL with hip issue but struggled earlier. Will take time off to rest before coming back next spring. @Ken_Rosenthal 1st
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 1, 2019
Jeffress has had an extremely rough go of things in the last 10 months. He had a brutal postseason for the Brewers in 2018, including a 7.71 ERA and 2.786 WHIP during the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
During Spring Training, it was announced that Jeffress was likely to miss the start of the regular season due to shoulder weakness. Jeffress had notched a career-high 76 2/3 innings pitched in 2018 to go along with an additional eight innings of work in October, and there was even a suggestion that he should look into undergoing surgery.
However, Jeffress would undergo a shoulder strengthening program and return in mid-April, almost immediately getting back to his old tricks. He eased his way back with a few relief outings in the first month before posting a 2.57 ERA and .613 OPS against in May.
Jeffress was not able to regain his effectiveness after that. He posted a 5.93 ERA in June and a disastrous 7.56 second-half ERA before landing on the Injured List with a hip issue.
The Brewers — who attributed much of their 2018 success to a lights-out bullpen — are in a murky situation entering the final month. They are four games back of the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card race, and their bullpen has a 5.16 ERA and ranks 26th in fWAR in the second half.