CINCINNATI – The Milwaukee Brewers have called up right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, their top pick in the 2006 amateur draft who has been suspended twice for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Jeffress was banned for 50 games in 2007 and 100 games last year for his repeat violation. The 22-year-old joined the team in Cincinnati on Wednesday, ready for his major league debut. Jeffress went 1-1 with three saves in 11 appearances at Double-A Huntsville.
The Brewers also called up right-hander Carlos Villanueva and third baseman Mat Gamel on Wednesday. Villanueva was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on July 28. Gamel batted .309 with 13 homers in 82 games at Nashville after missing two months with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.