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Matt Bush | Relief Pitcher | #51

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 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. Oct 25 - 2:34 PM

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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.
Oct 4 - 2:21 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.
Sep 10 - 12:13 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.
Sep 8 - 4:09 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.
Aug 27 - 2:55 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.
Aug 21 - 6:02 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.
Aug 20 - 6:14 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.
Jul 4 - 1:27 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.
Jul 1 - 12:35 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.
Jul 1 - 1:38 AM

Matt Bush protected a one-run lead for his 10th save Tuesday against the Indians.

With his job very much on the line, Bush has come out and protected one-run leads against the Yankees and now Cleveland the last three days. He faced the heart of the order in this one, too, giving up only a single to Michael Brantley while retiring Francisco Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez. Things are looking up for his owners.
Jun 27 - 10:23 PM

Matt Bush blew a save and took the loss Friday against the Yankees.

Asked to hold a 1-0 lead, Bush gave up a game-tying homer to Brett Gardner with one out in the ninth inning. He later allowed a walk-off single to Ronald Torreyes in the 10th. Bush has now blown back-to-back save chances and has appeared much more hittable of late. No word on any sort of imminent change, but fantasy owners would do well to stash Jose Leclerc or Keone Kela.
Jun 24 - 1:38 AM

Matt Bush suffered a blown save against the Blue Jays on Monday, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.

The Rangers rallied from a 5-1 deficit to score five runs the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. That's how the score would remain until the ninth where Josh Donaldson delivered an RBI single to tie the game and Kendrys Morales added a run-scoring single to finish the job. It's the third blown save in 11 chances for Bush this season. It's getting to the point where his job could be in jeopardy, if the Rangers had another capable option.
Jun 20 - 12:26 AM

Matt Bush took his first loss after giving up an unearned run in a tie game Wednesday against the Mets.

Bush also gave up three runs last night, though he was still able to finish up the 10-8 win. He's been scored upon in three straight appearances, dating back to May 31. It's probably just a blip, but it'll be time to start getting concerned if he's not better next time out.
Jun 7 - 11:34 PM

Matt Bush nailed down his sixth save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' defeat of the Blue Jays.

Bush surrendered a pair of two-out singles, but he got Troy Tulowitzki to ground out to shortstop to end the game and seal a 3-1 victory for Texas. Bush holds a dominant 1.02 ERA and 21/5 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings this season and he hasn't blown a save since taking over as the Rangers' closer.
May 28 - 4:06 PM

Depth Charts

C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
1B1Joey Gallo
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Isaiah Kiner-Falefa
LF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Rua
CF1Delino DeShields
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Willie Calhoun
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3A.J. Griffin
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Chi Chi Gonzalez
6Ariel Jurado
7Brett Martin
8Joseph Palumbo
9Jonathan Hernandez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jose Leclerc
2Alex Claudio
3Keone Kela
4Matt Bush
5Jason Grilli
6Jake Diekman
7Ricardo Rodriguez
8Nick Martinez
9Nick Gardewine
10Yohander Mendez
11Ronald Herrera