Rangers call up RHP Matt Bush

Friday May 13th, 2016

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The Texas Rangers called up righthander Matt Bush on Friday, reports MLB.com’s TR Sullivan.

Bush, a former shortstop, was the No. 1 overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2004 draft. Before this year, Bush had not played professional baseball since 2011. He spent nearly three of those years in prison for a DUI-related car accident before being released from jail in October. 

Bush, now 30, signed a minor league contract with Texas in December. He recorded 18 strikeouts in 17 innings with Double A Frisco this season.

The Rangers made room on their 25-man roster by sending centerfielder Delino DeShields to Triple A Round Rock.

• Jose Reyes suspended through May 31

Bush was selected just ahead of Detroit Tigers star righthander Justin Verlander in the 2004 draft.

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