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Matt Bush | Relief Pitcher | #51

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Bush was informed Sunday that he'll pitch out of the Rangers' bullpen in 2018.
Bush wanted the opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this spring, but his bid fell short. There's a chance he could now be in the mix for the closer's job as there's still no clarity on that situation. Mar 11 - 6:46 PM

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Matt Bush drew the start against the Reds and allowed two runs in two innings in Friday's loss.

Both runs came home on a longball by third baseman Eugenio Suarez. He struck out three batters, walked two and allowed just two hits. Bush is attempting to win a spot in the Ranger's rotation after establishing himself as an excellent late-inning reliever the last two years.
Mar 9 - 10:57 PM

Matt Bush hurled two scoreless innings with a strikeout on Sunday against Rockies in his first start of the Cactus League.

Bush didn't walk anyone, and the only hit he allowed was a single by Trevor Story. The former first-overall pick is battling for a spot in the rotation after pitching in high-leverage situations for the Rangers in 2017 and picking up 10 saves. Texas knows what they have in Bush as a reliever, but his value could increase significantly if he shows he's able to stick in the rotation.
Feb 25 - 4:43 PM

Matt Bush will make his Cactus League debut as a starting pitcher for the Rangers on Sunday.

The right-hander is fully committed to becoming a starting pitcher and there's certainly an opening available for him if he pitches well this spring. Mike Minor will start for the Rangers on Monday and Ronald Herrera will go on Tuesday. Doug Fister and Cole Hamels are scheduled to pitch in simulated games on Tuesday.
Feb 24 - 10:41 AM

Matt Bush told reporters Wednesday in Rangers camp that he is fully committed to becoming a starting pitcher.

"There is no doubt in my mind," said Bush. "That is what I'm preparing for and I'm not looking back." The 32-year-old former No. 1 overall pick has posted a strong 3.08 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 119/33 K/BB ratio in 114 innings of relief over the last two seasons. He could have sneaky fantasy value in a starting role with Texas.
Feb 14 - 11:38 AM

Matt Bush underwent an arthroscopic acromioclavicular joint resection in his right shoulder on October 19.

Dr. James Andrews conducted the surgery, which will come with a relatively short rehab time. Bush is expected to be ready for spring training and could be in the running for a spot in the Rangers' Opening Day rotation. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted a 3.08 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 119/33 K/BB ratio in 114 innings of relief over the last two seasons.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 02:34:00 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Wednesday that there have been conversations about moving Matt Bush from the bullpen to the rotation.

Bush was drafted as a big-armed shortstop out of a San Diego high school back in 2004 -- No. 1 overall, in fact -- before nearly throwing his baseball career away with a range of off-field criminal incidents. He moved to the mound by 2007 and the now-31-year-old right-hander has been excellent in relief for the Rangers over the last two seasons, posting a 3.08 ERA, 1.175 WHIP, and 119/33 K/BB ratio in 114 innings. This will be a story to track leading into spring training next year.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 02:21:00 PM

Rangers activated RHP Matt Bush from the 10-day disabled list.

Bush has been throwing off a mound for the last week and is ready to go. He should go right back into a high-leverage role.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 12:13:00 PM

Matt Bush (knee) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Sunday.

Bush has resumed throwing from a mound, as he'll have his third bullpen session Friday. The reliever has been sidelined since mid-August with a right knee MCL sprain.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Matt Bush (knee) has resumed playing catch.

It sounds like Bush should return before long, although he obviously needs to complete a throwing progression first. He's missed the last week with a sprained right MCL.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 02:55:00 PM

Rangers placed RHP Matt Bush on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee MCL sprain.

Bush is also experiencing concussion symptoms after colliding with teammate Joey Gallo while chasing a pop-up. It's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 06:02:00 PM

Matt Bush was removed from Sunday's contest against the White Sox after colliding with teammate Joey Gallo.

The two were chasing down a pop fly when the collision occurred. Gallo appeared to get the worst of it in the collision. Bush walked away with a right knee bruise but will also have to pass through the concussion protocol before returning.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 06:14:00 PM

Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth inning with the Rangers down one to the Red Sox on Monday.

Bush lost his closer gig with a bad outing Friday against the Red Sox, but he's retired six of the seven batters he's faced since, all in close games. Especially with Keone Kela on the DL, Bush still seems like a prime candidate for saves in the Texas pen.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 01:27:00 AM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Saturday that he'll go with a closer by committee approach while the club tries to get Matt Bush back on track.

Keone Kela, Alex Claudio and Jose Leclerc are the arms that could see save chances. Bush imploded yet again in a tough loss to the White Sox on Thursday night and hasn't been the same pitcher since moving to the ninth inning.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Matt Bush imploded for a blown save and took the loss Friday against the White Sox.

Trying to protect a two-run lead, Bush gave up a leadoff single to Adam Engel before Omar Narvaez flew out. Willy Garcia and Alen Hanson followed with back-to-back singles to score one run before Melky Cabrera walked things off with a two-run double. Bush started out strong as Sam Dyson’s replacement in the closer role, but he’s been all over the place this month and it’s time to stash away potential replacements. Keone Kela is the most obvious name, but he was unavailable Friday due to shoulder soreness. Jose Leclerc is also worthy of consideration.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 01:38:00 AM

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C1Robinson Chirinos
2Curt Casali
3Juan Centeno
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Joey Gallo
2Tommy Joseph
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Darwin Barney
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Trevor Plouffe
LF1Ryan Rua
2Destin Hood
CF1Delino DeShields
2Carlos Tocci
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Mike Minor
3Martin Perez
4Matt Moore
5Doug Fister
6Bartolo Colon
7Clayton Blackburn
8Yohander Mendez
9Edinson Volquez
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Claudio
2Jake Diekman
3Matt Bush
4Keone Kela
5Tim Lincecum
6Jose Leclerc
7Jesse Chavez
8Chris Martin
9Tony Barnette
10Nick Gardewine
11Ricardo Rodriguez
12Kevin Jepsen
13Steve Delabar
14Ronald Herrera