NL Central-Leading Brewers Acquires Reliever Bush from Texas

Arlington, Texas (AP) — The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers acquired hard-throwing reliever and former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers on Monday night for infielder Mark Mathias and a top pitching prospect.

Bush is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and has one left in 40 games this season, including five starts in an opener’s role. He has not allowed the runs he earned in his last 12 appearances.

He was brought in to help bolster the Brewers’ bullpen on the same day he traded All-Star close Josh Hader at San Diego for Taylor Rogers and three other players.

“A little shocked, definitely not expecting it, but I think just a bitter moment,” Bush said. “It’s really exciting to go to the Brewers, a team that’s really winning right now and have a chance to go into the playoffs and do big things.”

Texas got Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly. Mathias will be added to the 40-man roster with the Rangers, and Kelly will be assigned to their minor league system.

Bush, 36, has spent all five of his big league seasons with the Rangers (2016-18, 2021-22). He was the first choice in the 2004 draft as a shortstop by his hometown San Diego Padres.

In 180 big league games as a pitcher, he is 12-7 with 3.34 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings.

Bush was a 30-year-old rookie when he made his major league debut with Texas in 2016. That first game came nearly 12 years after being drafted, the longest margin for No.

“It’s really hard to say goodbye here. It’s been home for me for a long time,” Bush said. “My family and I have been treated very well here and I feel like the organization has always taken care of baseball first and then.” kept.”

In 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Bush had a DUI accident during spring training that seriously injured, and nearly killed a 72-year-old man on a motorcycle. Bush spent 3 1/2 years in prison.

Rangers discovered Bush in the parking lot of a restaurant where he was employed in a work-release program for the final months of his prison sentence in the fall of 2015.

Bush had surgery on his right elbow twice with the Rangers. After missing all of 2019 and 2020, his only appearance for Texas last year was a scoreless inning in the season finale.

Bush required Tommy John surgery in 2019 after a procedure to repair and strengthen a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament didn’t work in 2018. This was the second time he had not had ligament replacement surgery in a long time since converting from shortstop to pitcher. ,

Mathias, who turns 28 on Tuesday, has started five games at second base for the Brewers this season. He made his big league debut in 2020 playing 16 games for Milwaukee before missing all previous seasons with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Kelly, 22, a selection for the All-Star Futures Game, was a second-round pick by the Brewers in the 2019 draft. He was 2-4 in Class A Wisconsin this season with a 3.86 ERA in 19 starts.

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