Former Padres #1 pick Matt Bush promoted to MLB with Rangers

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Bush during a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Thursday, March 8, 2012. AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In the 2004 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres used the #1 overall pick in the 1st round on high school shortstop Matt Bush, instead of starting pitcher Justin Verlander.

The rest, as they say, is history.

A few weeks after the Padres drafted him in 2004, Bush was arrested on suspicion of felony assault, misdemeanor trespass, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking, after he allegedly fought with security trying to escort him out of a bar.

That turned out to be the first of four encounters with the law for Bush, with the other three being DUIs.

The Padres eventually traded Bush to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009, and began working towards a career as a relief pitcher, but was released after reportedly throwing a baseball at a woman’s head while intoxicated.

Bush was slated to begin the 2012 season in Durham, but the Tampa Bay Rays placed him on the restricted list after a drunken Bush ran over a 72-year-old man during spring training.

After spending 51 months in prison, Bush signed on with the Texas Rangers and has posted a 2.65 ERA with an impressive 9.53 K/9 rate with the AA Frisco RoughRiders. He was called up today to serve as bullpen depth for Texas, who are in 2nd place in the AL West.



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