Matt Bush and Joey Gallo are in concussion protocol after colliding with each other during Sunday’s game against the White Sox.
Bush was pitching to Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico during the 8th inning of Texas’ 3-2 loss to and got the first baseman to pop up to shallow third. The Rangers were playing a shift for Delmonico, meaning Gallo was near shortstop to start the play. Knowing his defense was in a shift, Bush raced over to catch the popup and collided with Gallo.
Here's the collision that knocked Joey Gallo and Matt Bush out of today's game vs. the White Sox. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/oQxzyhRmHO
— FOX 4 Sports (@KDFWsports) August 20, 2017
Gallo was bloodied and Bush bruised from the collision. The two are in concussion protocol and will not travel with the team to Anaheim for the upcoming four-game series.
Gallo is batting .205 this season but has 35 homers. Bush has a 3.04 ERA in 47.1 innings.
The Texas Rangers continue to be unsettled by a struggling bullpen, and they’re once again making a change at closer.
Manager Jeff Banister said Saturday that the team was removing Matt Bush from the closer’s role and going with a “no roles bullpen” for the foreseeable future.
Matt Bush won't be the #Rangers closer today and Jeff Banister said club is moving to a no roles bullpen at the moment.
— Stefan Stevenson (@StevensonFWST) July 1, 2017
Sam Dyson started the season as Texas’s closer, but was ultimately removed from the role in April after blowing three saves in six appearances, allowing 13 runs in 4.1 innings. Bush replaced him, blew four of 14 save opportunities in that span, and ultimately lost the job after giving up four hits and three earned runs to the Chicago White Sox in just a third of an inning on Friday.
The Texas Rangers’ bullpen has been a disaster this season, and they will be turning to a new closer for the time being.
Sam Dyson was placed on the disabled list by the Rangers Monday, a day after he had his fourth poor outing of the season. Dyson surrendered multiple runs in four of his six appearances this season, leading Texas to examine their 9th-inning situation.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister says that Matt Bush will be the man to get the first crack at saves for the AL West team.
Matt Bush will get first crack at closing while Dyson is down
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) April 17, 2017
Bush, 31, has made four appearances this season and surrendered runs in two of them. Last season the former draft bust went 7-2 with a save, 22 holds and a 2.48 ERA while showing impressive velocity and stuff. Jeremy Jeffress would probably be next in line for saves if Bush can’t get the job done while Dyson is out.
Matt Bush put together a very impressive outing in his first appearance since being released from prison.
Bush, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2004, pitched two hitless innings for the Texas Rangers in a spring training game against the Cubs on Wednesday. He struck out two and walked one, throwing 16 strikes in 25 pitches.
Bush also touched 97 mph regularly with his fastball and hit 98:
MATT BUSH, Inn2:
Federowicz: 94B, 96 (F7)
Szczur: 77, 79, 96B, 96B, 96 (F7)
Kawasaki: 97B, 97B, 97B, 98B (BB)
Vosler: 78, 77, 97B, 78 (K)
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) March 23, 2016
Bush signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers in December. The former top prospect was released from prison on Oct. 30 after spending nearly three years behind bars for a DUI hit-and-run charge after he injured the person he hit.
The San Diego native had a history of legal troubles throughout his baseball career, including three DUIs, an incident where he beat up high schoolers, and multiple bar incidents, as well as his hit and run that resulted in his prison sentence. Bush also was kicked off stage at a strip club the same day he committed his hit and run DUI.
Bush first tried to make it in pro ball as a shortstop, but he switched to pitching after hitting just .219. He was successful pitching in rookie ball, but he had a 4.83 ERA as a reliever in Double-A back in 2011 as a member of the Rays organization.
Bush will be an intriguing player to follow this spring training.
Bush allegedly took his roommate’s car, got drunk, climbed on stage at a strip club before bouncers booted him, and then hit a motorcyclist while driving on a suspended license. Bush was driving on a highway and changed lanes at the same time a motorcycle in front of him also changed lanes. Bush hit the motorcyclist, 72-year-old Tony Tufano, and allegedly ran over Trufano’s head with his back wheel. He had a .180 blood alcohol content at the time and continued driving until police caught him.
Trufano was in serious condition Saturday and trying to recover from a fractured wrist, several broken bones in his back, several broken ribs, and brain hemorrhaging. Bush is in jail and likely faces a few years in prison — more if Trufano is unable to survive. His bail was set at over $1 million. As part of his push for a smaller bond, Bush’s attorney argued that the Rays reliever only has $2,000 in his bank account. If that’s the case, it would be pretty sad for a guy who signed for over $3 million in 2004.
The Rays have said Bush will not play with them (no surprise) and that they were surprised by the pitcher’s alcohol relapse.
Bush first got into trouble during his first spring training with the Padres trying to get into a club. He was busted at a bar again in 2008, attacked some lacrosse players at a San Diego high school in 2009, and he cried while resisting arrest for a DUI later that year. Even though he admitted he had an alcohol problem and that he was rehabbing, it’s hard to say we’re surprised this is how his story is ending.
We’re never above posting a Matt Bush update here at LBS, even if it doesn’t involve crying on camera. Bush is a former number one overall draft pick by the San Diego Padres who has done nothing but embarrass himself over and over. Initially picked by San Diego to play shortstop, Bush couldn’t swing it so they converted him to a pitcher. He had multiple injuries and off-field problems, so they traded him to Toronto. After many off-field issues, the Blue Jays released Bush and the Rays signed him earlier in the year.
Bush pitched in rookie ball for the Rays for four games and then moved up to high-A Charlotte where he pitched six times. Bush combined to throw 13.2 innings this year, allowing nine hits and five runs. He struck out 20 batters while walking just three in his 10 appearances. Whatever he did apparently impressed the Rays because word came down Saturday that they added him to their 40-man roster as I found out from Rotoworld.
The news means the Rays think pretty highly of Bush for the time being. They could have used the roster spot to protect someone from the Rule 5 Draft, and having him on the extended roster means he’ll be eligible for a call-up in September. I highly doubt he’ll be pitching in the majors anytime soon, but being added to the roster is obviously a strong sign he’s doing something right.
Matt Bush has really turned himself into a first-class laughing stock. Here’s the deal: if you’re a former first-round bust but you do it quietly like Tim Couch or Brian Bullington, you’re not going to catch much crap. But if you’re a total jerk about it like Ryan Leaf or Matt Bush, we won’t soon forget. Just since LBS has been up and running, Bush has literally thrown high school lacrosse players and been arrested at a bar in separate incidents. And now we have visual evidence of what a nut case this guy is:
I don’t know about you, but I can almost get that crying mixed up for some sinister laughing. He sure is doing well with his career. What a loser.