The Rangers are calling up Matt Bush.
Twelve years ago, Bush was drafted No. 1 overall by the San Diego Padres. Then his life spun out of control. He ended up serving three years in prison for running a man down while driving drunk. It was the last of a series of alcohol-related incidents which all but ended Bush’s baseball career before his final accident ultimately did. He was released last fall and signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, subject to serious oversight, including the requirement that his father live with him.
Bush is now 30. He’s also now a reliever. In the early going this season Bush has recorded five saves, 18 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings with Double-A Frisco. The Rangers obviously feel that his stuff — which was clocked at 95 m.p.h. last fall despite him being out of baseball since 2011 — is good enough to handle the majors. They apparently feel that Bush the person is able to handle it too.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.