MLB Notebook: Failed No. 1 overall pick Bush could make Rangers
Matt Bush was long ago designated as the biggest draft bust in the history of the San Diego Padres. The No. 1 overall pick in 2004 later bottomed out on a personal level as an incident while driving under the influence led to a 3 1/2-year stint i...
Matt Bush was long ago designated as the biggest draft bust in the history of the San Diego Padres.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2004 later bottomed out on a personal level as an incident while driving under the influence led to a 3 1/2-year stint in a Florida prison.
Now at age 30, Bush is in the mix to make the Texas Rangers as a reliever.
Bush’s comeback attempt picked up steam on Wednesday when he pitched two hitless innings against the Chicago Cubs during a spring-training contest.
Bush had an opportunity to make the Tampa Bay Rays roster in 2012 when his longstanding issues with alcohol emerged.
He borrowed the truck of teammate Brandon Guyer and went on a drinking binge. He collided with a motorcyclist and nearly killed him and then left the scene.
He later pled no contest to DUI with serious bodily injury to a motorcyclist.
The incident and the ensuing prison sentence appeared to end Bush’s professional baseball career. But when he was released from prison last Oct. 30, he could still throw 97 mph.
The Rangers investigated the situation and signed him in early December. Bush says he has been sober since the accident in 2012.
-- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was hit by a pitch on his right hand but X-rays showed no broken bones.
Tulowitzki is day-to-day with a bone bruise, and could sit for a few days to recover.
Tulowitzki was hit near the knuckle by pitch thrown by Mets starter Bartolo Colon. He walked toward first base but left the field with the training staff.
-- The San Diego Padres parted ways with veteran reliever Casey Janssen.
Janssen, 34, was informed he wasn’t going to make the Opening Day roster and he requested to be released.
Janssen was 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 48 games for the Washington Nationals last season. He spent eight seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and recorded a career-best 34 saves in 2013.