Dave Bush opts out of Phillies contract to go pitch in Korea

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Dave Bush has been serving as Triple-A depth for the Phillies since signing a minor-league deal in December, but the 32-year-old veteran of eight big-league seasons has decided to opt out of his contract to sign with a team in Korea.

Bush was once an effective strike-throwing mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, totaling 815 innings with a 4.45 ERA from 2004-2008, but since 2009 his ERA is 5.33 ERA in 326 innings and he got knocked around in a stint with the Rangers last year.

Bush had a nice-looking 3.16 ERA at Triple-A for the Phillies, but it came with just 37 strikeouts in 63 innings and a .274 opponents’ batting average.

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.