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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 locked down his fifth save of the season on Friday, but did give up an unearned run on a pair of hits and a walk against the Tigers.
Bush took over with a 5-2 lead to protect, but made things interesting by putting a couple of runners on base. A ground ball to Elvis Andrus should have ended the game, but an errant throw allowed J.D. Martinez to reach and a run to score. With the tying run now on base, Bush battled back to fan Alex Avila to put the game away. He now boasts a 1.10 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings on the season. May 19 - 11:25 PM

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Matt Bush struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to earn the save against the Athletics.

The save was the third of the year for the right-hander. Opportunities have been hard to come by lately -- Bush went from April 23 to May 10 between his first and second saves -- but when he's pitched, Bush has been terrific. The 31-year-old owns a 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings this year.
May 14 - 12:15 AM

Matt Bush struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth inning to record a save against the Padres on Wednesday.

He allowed a double to Manuel Margot with two outs but left him stranded by striking out Cory Spangenberg to end the game. It was only Bush's second save even though he took over the Rangers' closer role almost a month ago. It is not his fault though as his teammates just haven't presented him with many opportunities yet. He has one blown save to go with two saves and two wins. He has a 1.54 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings and should provide good fantasy value moving forward.
May 11 - 12:56 AM

Matt Bush earned the win against the Royals after pitching a scoreless inning Saturday.

Bush hasn't had a chance to save a game since being tapped as the team's favorite for the closer gig, but he's been used like the team's best reliever and has pitched like it as well. Such was the case Saturday when, in a tied game, manager Jeff Banister went to Bush to face the heart of the Royals order. Bush was rewarded for his work when the Rangers walked it off in the bottom of the frame. The 31-year-old has done nothing to change the idea that he'll get first crack at a save opportunity, posting a 2.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings, so if he's still available in your league, fix that.
Apr 23 - 12:21 AM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Monday that Matt Bush will get the first chance to close with Sam Dyson (hand) going on the disabled list.

Banister did note that Bush wouldn't get every save opportunity, so Jeremy Jeffress also figures to be in the mix. The Rangers will need to be careful with Bush after his recent shoulder issues, so he won't be overworked. Still, the 31-year-old is a shutdown reliever and could easily run away with the job if he's able to stay healthy. Pick him up in a hurry if he happens to still be available in your league.
Apr 17 - 7:44 PM

The Rangers are hoping to have Matt Bush back this weekend after he missed the past three days with a shoulder issue.

According to the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson, Bush is playing catch right now. He's not expected to pitch tonight, but he's questionable for Saturday and Sunday. If the shoulder issue proves to be a false alarm, then Bush could be a candidate for saves next week.
Apr 14 - 5:36 PM

Matt Bush has returned to Texas for an examination of the AC joint in his right shoulder.

Bush came down with some shoulder soreness after throwing 29 pitches in an appearance Sunday versus the Athletics. He'll get an injection back in Arlington and will be sidelined for at least a couple of days. Texas is having all kinds of bullpen problems at the moment, with Sam Dyson and Jeremy Jeffress both struggling and Bush now possibly facing an extended absence.
Apr 12 - 12:18 PM

Matt Bush worked two scoreless innings of relief Sunday in the Rangers' Cactus League win over the Mariners.

Bush retired all six batters he faced, two via strikeout. The former No. 1 overall pick is coming off a stellar 2016 season that saw him register a 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 61/14 K/BB ratio over his first 61 2/3 major league innings. He's locked into a setup job for 2017.
Mar 19 - 6:51 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Matt Bush will enter spring training in a relief role.

There has been some talk of Texas trying the former No. 1 overall pick as a starter after he registered a brilliant 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 61/14 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings last year out of the bullpen, but it's probably not going to happen without a number of spring-training injuries to the Rangers' rotation options. "I’m never going to take it totally off the table, if circumstances dictate," Daniels said. "We plan on taking him to camp as a reliever."
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that moving Matt Bush into the rotation is "something we've talked about."

"There are several folks who appraised it as a consideration," Daniels said. "There are strong reasons to think he can do it, but I’m not sure we want to do it." Daniels noted that he still considers Bush as a reliever when he thinks about the construction of the 2017 roster, and Bush's offseason workouts are being geared toward relief work. However, it sounds like Bush stretching out as a starter in spring training might be a possibility if the Rangers aren't able to add rotation depth this winter.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 09:37:00 AM

Matt Bush earned the first save of his career by pitching a clean ninth inning against the Rockies on Wednesday.

He notched one strikeout tonight and now has 34 in 38 2/3 innings for the season. The first overall pick of the 2004 draft has a 2.56 ERA in his rookie campaign. It was a bit odd to see him out there in the ninth inning tonight instead of Sam Dyson or Jeremy Jeffress -- the Rangers' two experienced closers. They both pitched on Tuesday but not on Monday, so they were likely available today. Bush is unlikely to get more save chances moving forward.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 01:08:00 AM

Matt Bush made his major league debut Friday against the Blue Jays and struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning.

It was an impressive showing against some big boppers in Toronto’s lineup. Reaching the upper-90s with his fastball, Bush struck out Josh Donaldson looking before retiring Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The 2004 No. 1 overall pick is less than one year removed from serving 3 1/2 years in prison for a DUI hit-and-run, but he’s hoping to make the most out of another opportunity in the game.
Sat, May 14, 2016 01:33:00 AM

Rangers purchased the contract of OF Matt Bush from Double-A Frisco.

The former No. 1 overall pick spent three years in prison following a DUI hit-and-run but is now poised to make his major league debut as a 30-year-old. Bush put up a 2.65 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Frisco this season.
Fri, May 13, 2016 03:30:00 PM's TR Sullivan hears that the Rangers will call up Matt Bush on Friday.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi has confirmed the report. A former No. 1 overall pick and shortstop who was in prison for three years following a DUI hit-and-run, Bush has resurrected his career as a pitcher. Now 30, he holds a 2.65 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Double-A Frisco this season.
Fri, May 13, 2016 01:17:00 PM

Matt Bush threw two perfect innings in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs.

Bush delivered nine of his 10 pitches for strikes in the sixth inning and whiffed Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler to end the 1-2-3 frame. He then worked around a two-out walk for a scoreless seventh. The former No. 1 overall pick is trying to break back into baseball after spending over three years in prison for a 2012 DUI hit-and-run. He'll probably open the 2016 season with the Rangers' Double-A affiliate.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Pete Kozma
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Delino DeShields
2Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Jared Hoying
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Chi Chi Gonzalez
8Nick Martinez
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Bush
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Sam Dyson
4Tony Barnette
5Jose Leclerc
6Alex Claudio
7Keone Kela
8Austin Bibens-Dirkx
9Jake Diekman
10Dario Alvarez