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Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress charged with DWI in Dallas

Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was placed on restriction list following his arrest in Dallas. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress was placed on restriction list following his arrest in Dallas. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
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Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, twice suspended in the minor leagues for violating drug rules, was away from the team Friday following his overnight arrest in Dallas on a drunken driving charge.

The club placed Jeffress on the restricted list before a game against Cleveland, but general manager Jon Daniels said he expected the former Milwaukee closer acquired in a trade Aug. 1 to be back with the team Saturday.

Daniels said the A.L. West leaders were exploring the matter while Dallas police and Major League Baseball also conducted investigations.

“I’m glad no one was hurt from it,” Daniels said. “I don’t want to minimize the severity of what could’ve happened. Beyond that, we need to get our arms around some more of the specifics regarding the due process.”

A Dallas police spokesman said an officer made a traffic stop at 2:24 a.m. Friday and arrested the 28-year-old Jeffress after “detecting a sign of intoxication.”

Online records for the Dallas County jail show he was booked around 5:15 a.m. on a driving while intoxicated charge and that he was released on $500 bond. No attorney information was available for Jeffress.

The Brewers drafted Jeffress as the 16th selection overall in 2006. The right-hander was suspended for 50 games in 2007 and for 100 games in 2009, both times when he was in the minors.

Blue Jays add depth with Navarro

The Toronto Blue Jays added depth at catcher for the stretch run by reacquiring veteran switch-hitter Dioner Navarro from the Chicago White Sox.

The 32-year-old Navarro spent two seasons with the Blue Jays before signing a one-year, $4 million deal with the White Sox as a free agent in December.

Syndergaard wins Funny Cide

A horse named after hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard won the $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes at Saratoga, blowing away the competition by eight lengths.

The team made mention of Syndergaard’s racing success upstate in its game notes Friday and said the 2-year-old colt is an early favorite for next year’s Kentucky Derby.

Clearing the bases

The Twins have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers from Triple-A Rochester. … The Orioles have reinstated reliever T.J. McFarland from the 15-day disabled list. … The Rays announced that they’ll release outfielder Desmond Jennings on Saturday. … The Mets announced that they will skip struggling right-hander Jacob deGrom next time through their rotation. … Orioles center fielder Adam Jones left Friday’s game at Yankee Stadium because of a strained left hamstring. … The Diamondbacks have activated center fielder A.J. Pollock, coming back after a broken elbow … The Rockies called up Stephen Cardullo from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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