His right arm could throw a baseball in the triple digits, but he often didn’t know where it was going, resulting in a constant shuffle between minor league affiliates and major league stadiums. He also began suffering seizures in 2008, a disability that affected him emotionally and physically and one that wasn’t properly diagnosed and treated until last year; the reason he said he self-medicated with marijuana. Jeffress was arrested in January 2012 while a member of the Kansas City Royals, and required to complete community service. A lifetime ban by baseball loomed if he tested positive for “drugs of abuse” for a third time. He considered leaving the game behind. “I will tell you I was, because actually like two years ago, I just felt like giving up, like ‘I can’t be in this game,'” he said. “Especially in Triple-A getting up at four in the morning, getting on those flights to fly across country, I might have a seizure on the plane, what’s going to happen then?
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