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Rays add Matt Bush to 40-Man Roster

By Tommy Rancel //

With free agency set to kickoff tonight, the Rays are doing some internal moves in regards to the 40-man roster. Having already added utility man Elliot Johnson earlier in the week, the club added relief pitcher Matt Bush to the 40-man roster today according to the Tampa Tribune.

Yes, that is the same Matt Bush who as a short stop was selected first overall in the 2004 draft by the San Diego Padres. In 2007, the Padres converted him to a pitcher, but he needed Tommy John surgery after a handful of minor league innings.

After some off-field issues and on-field struggles, he was traded from San Diego to the Toronto Blue Jays. His time with Toronto was short as the Jays released him in early 2009 for conduct issues. He would remain a free agent until this past January when the Rays signed him to a minor league contract.

Bush made six appearances for the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs at the Advanced-A level. Although it was just 8.1 innings of work, he struck out 12 batters. Meanwhile, the soon to be 25-year-old spent most of the season working on the side or rehabbing his right arm.

I recently spoke with Rays’ Assistant Director of Minor League Operations, Chaim Bloom, who described the season as a “difficult one” for Bush due to the infrequent amount of times he pitched because of injury.

Although he’s listed at just 5’9 and under 200 pounds, Bush reportedly throws in the mid 90s when healthy. Despite the setbacks of 2010, it’s obvious – at this point in the offseason – the Rays feel strong enough about his potential to add him to the 40-man roster and keep him from hitting the minor league free agent market.

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  1. […] Tommy covered Matt Bush being added to the 40-man roster yesterday. The move is curious looking in from the outside given Bush’s inexperience as a pitcher. To date he’s at 21.1 innings pitched, with a third of those taking place back in 2007 and none of them coming above A-ball. Thinking Bush could jump to the majors immediately and pitch well out of the bullpen seems unusual, but there is a precedent for such an occurrence and it happened earlier this year. […]

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