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ARLINGTON, Texas — Pitcher Matt Bush, the No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft, has reached the majors for the first time after being called up by the Texas Rangers on Friday.
Editor’s PicksMatt Bush making unlikely baseball comeback
Six months out of prison, the Rangers’ latest reclamation project is throwing 100 mph and hoping to lose his rep as baseball’s biggest bust.
Bush joins the Rangers after spending more than three years in prison for driving under the influence and causing serious bodily injury in a 2012 crash in Florida. He signed a minor league deal with Texas after being released from prison in December.
The Rangers promoted Bush, 30, from Double-A Frisco, where he is 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA and five saves. He has 18 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings.
Bush primarily uses an overpowering fastball, which consistently hovers around 97 mph.
To make room for Bush on the roster, the Rangers optioned outfielder Delino DeShields to Triple-A Round Rock. DeShields is batting .217 in 30 …
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