Matt Bush

#51 RP / Texas Rangers / EXP: 2YRS Height: 5-9 Weight: 200 lb Age: 31 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Rangers' Matt Bush: Undergoes shoulder surgery
      By RotoWire Staff

      Bush had minor surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder Wednesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Bush should be ready to go by the time spring training rolls around after requiring arthroscopic repair in his throwing shoulder. The 31-year-old compiled a 3.78 ERA during 52.1 innings out of the bullpen this year, while recording a 58:19 K:BB in the process. Looking ahead, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels stated that Bush could be a candidate for the starting rotation in 2018, but it remains to be seen how this setback will impact that specific situation.

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    • Bush could be a candidate to compete for a rotation spot with the Rangers in spring training, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. "Let's just say we have had the conversation and we are still having that conversation," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, regarding the matter. Bush seized the closing role for the Rangers in late April after Sam Dyson was unable to get the job done, and after initially finding success in the ninth inning, the hard-throwing right-hander ending up forfeiting the gig about two months later following a string of rough outings. Manager Jeff Banister wound up deploying Bush mostly in a setup capacity the rest of the season, with the 30-year-old turning in a 4.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 22 strikeouts over 19.1 innings in the second half. While Bush's high-90s fastball lends itself well to bullpen work, the Rangers' lack of rotation depth is a major concern heading into 2018, and it appears the team is exploring all avenues to find reliable starters. If Bush is able to build up his stamina in the offseason without sacrificing too many ticks off his fastball, he could make for an interesting project in the rotation. However, it would probably be worthwhile to see how Bush performs in spring training in a starting role before he'd warrant investment in the fantasy realm.

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    • Bush was credited with his ninth hold of the season despite giving up one run on two hits while retiring one batter via strikeout in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Angels. Bush served up a home run to Mike Trout on Sunday; he's given up runs in two of his three appearances since coming off the 10-day disabled list earlier in September, but it doesn't appear that will dissuade manager Jeff Banister from turning to the former closer in high-leverage spots down the stretch. Even so, Bush doesn't look to be even first in line for saves behind primary closer Alex Claudio. It appears lefty Jake Diekman, who notched his first save of the season in Sunday's win, is now the top handcuff to Claudio.

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    • Rangers' Matt Bush: Returns from DL
      By RotoWire Staff

      Bush (knee) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Sunday. Bush will rejoin the Rangers' bullpen after missing roughly the past three weeks with a sprained right MCL combined with a head injury. He'll slot back in as one of the team's late-inning relievers, while Alex Claudio continues to hold down the closer role.

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    • Rangers' Matt Bush: Could return Sunday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Bush (knee) could be activated from the DL as soon as Sunday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The right-hander will throw his third bullpen session Wednesday and it sounds like that may be his final hurdle. Bush suffered a bruised right knee and a head injury in a collision with teammate Joey Gallo late last month. He had already lost his hold on the closer job well before that incident and Bush will be hard-pressed to earn that role back before the end of the season.

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