Rays Place Matt Bush On Restricted List

The Rays placed former first overall selection Matt Bush on the restricted list, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune tweets. The move creates 40-man roster space for Tampa Bay.

Bush was arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident earlier this spring. The 26-year-old spent last season at Double-A, posting a 4.83 ERA with 13.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 50 1/3 innings of relief. The Padres selected him first overall in 2004.

Players on the restricted list do not count toward a team's 25-man or 40-man roster. They do not accrue service time and they don't always get paid.

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  1. BK 3 years ago

    13.8!  That’s cray cray.

  2. I understand the desire to keep him but he’s probably going to jail. They should have just released him. 

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      I’m a little shocked that he hasn’t been outright released unless that would require them to pay him something.

      The man was drunk and nearly killed someone, he ran over the guy’s head while fleeing the scene, last I heard his victim was still in the hospital. 

      Bush should stay in jail for a while making nice with his new cellmate.

  3. Pawsdeep 3 years ago

    Got to watch him pitch here in fort Wayne when he was in the Padres system…too bad for us fans he cant get a grip on his demons. This kid could’ve been special but instead alcohol was more important to him than baseball.

    This is the second time he has done this(hit and run) and was a monster at the bar I used to work at. He’s out of chances and rightfully so. He needs to be locked up in some form of institution for a while because he obviously is just continuing his patterned behaviors.

    I’m all for second an third chances but this kid has already blown through all of his

    • JacksTigers 3 years ago

      It’s not his demons. He’s just not a good player.

      • Pawsdeep 3 years ago

        I gotta disagree. Take into consideration he was drafted for his bat and glove, then got drunk and fat so they moved him to the pen and he put up some sick numbers with no experience as a pitcher. I was at the game he threw his arm out and his stuff was nasty. I couldn’t believe he had been pitching for less than a year. He threw mid-high 90’s and had a vicious breaking ball that was appearently just gifted to him. He could have been great.

        • JacksTigers 3 years ago

           You are overrating him a lot. He had an ERA of almost five last season in AA.

          • Yeah, because ERA is the end-all, be-all of every pitcher ever.

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            It’s not but an ERA of almost five in AA is a pretty good sign. He strikes out a lot of people but also gives up a lot of runs. He’s not that good.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            analysis complete

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            He gave up a hit almost every inning. What stat, besides strike outs makes you think that he could be a good major league pitcher.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            2011 at AA

            player A: 50 IP 8.6 H/9 0.9 HR/9 4.3 BB/9 13.8 K/9

            player B: 95 IP 8.9 H/9 0.7 HR/9 4.9 BB/9 8.9 K/9

            every criticism you have of matt bush (player A) here applies to manny banuelos (player B), who is the 29th best pitching prospect in baseball in 2012

            do you see why you’re doing it wrong yet? it’s not all about minor league numbers

          • JacksTigers 3 years ago

            The difference is that Manny is in his low-20’s and Bush is going on 27. “Do you see why you’re doing it wrong, yet.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            what am i doing wrong exactly? i haven’t made a single claim about the kid

            you took a position and you’ve supported it poorly

  4. 55saveslives 3 years ago

    Did he fall down crying when they told him?

  5. mstrchef13 3 years ago

    For his sake and that of his family, I hope that Bush goes to jail for a while then gets released to a program that gives him the help he so desperately needs.

    I hope he can be a Hamilton-esque story, but at the rate he is going he will end up dead before he is 30.

    • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

      The difference is (and someone please correct me if I am wrong) Hamilton didn’t nearly kill a man. Bush on the other hand drove drunk and ran over someone while fleeing the scene.

      With Hamilton we can see him as a figure defeating the demons that plagued himself. With Bush… well he has a much longer road to reach forgiveness. 

      • mstrchef13 3 years ago

        I don’t see Bush fighting with his demons as any different than Hamilton fighting with his, except that Bush is still losing. I definitely agree that Bush has a longer road to go. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t wish him good luck on the journey.

  6. NomarGarciaparra 3 years ago

    If the victim dies, Bush needs to rot in jail. I understand giving second chances, third chances…but when you kill someone, accidental or not, you’re done. Why should you get a second chance? What about the man you killed?

    • Rabbitov 3 years ago

      I don’t think the victim dying makes a difference of whether he is going to jail, just how long he will serve there. 

      • NomarGarciaparra 3 years ago

         No no I agree. Jail time should be inevitable…even if there was no victim (e.g. you hit a tree).

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