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April 13, 2021 05:08 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Shifts to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

We already knew Bush was slated to miss at least 12 weeks after being diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm. This clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Adolis Garcia.

April 12, 2021 05:20 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Out at least 12 weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain in his right arm Monday and will miss at least 12 weeks, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Bush was seen as a potential candidate for saves in Texas this season as injuries struck several other pitchers in the Rangers' bullpen. The injury bug has now struck him as well, and he'll be out until early July at the earliest. He's expected to be re-examined in six weeks, at which point his timeline may become clearer. Ian Kennedy has recorded both of the Rangers' saves thus far this season.

April 9, 2021 04:04 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Out with elbow inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with right elbow inflammation.

Bush was a dark horse candidate to get saves following some injuries ahead of him in the Rangers bullpen, but now that's out the window. He gave up a solo home run in all three of his appearances thus far this season and should be considered out indefinitely. Ian Kennedy seems to have a pretty clear grasp on the ninth-inning role in Texas.

April 8, 2021 08:20 AM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Records eighth-inning hold
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush allowed a run on two hits with one strikeout over an inning of work to pick up a hold in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Bush entered the game in the eighth inning and came away with his second hold of the season despite giving up his third home run in as many outings. The pitching log for the game appears to be how manager Chris Woodward would like to deploy his bullpen. After six strong innings from starter Kyle Gibson, Josh Sborz, Bush and then Ian Kennedy cleaned up.

March 29, 2021 01:12 AM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Confirmed for Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush was added to the Rangers' major-league roster Sunday, Kennedi Landry of reports.

The 35-year-old and Ian Kennedy are expected to open the season as the top candidates for saves with Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez sidelined by elbow injuries, and the former two players have now been added to the big-league roster. Bush was on a minor-league deal and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2018 while battling his own elbow issues.

March 26, 2021 02:00 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Suffers first spring blemish
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush allowed three runs on one hit and three walks in one-third of an inning in Thursday's spring game against the Padres.

Bush, who entered the game with a 0.00 ERA through four spring outings, came on to start the seventh inning and couldn't locate his pitches. He left with the bases loaded after retiring just one batter. Bush's Cactus League outings take on much more significance after he was named as a possible closer following the team's announcement that Jose Leclerc (elbow) will miss an extended period of time. In addition to Leclerc, the Rangers will be without top setup man Jonathan Hernandez (elbow) to start the season, leaving the closer job wide open. Bush and Ian Kennedy, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning Thursday, are seen as the leaders to close out games for Texas to start the regular season.

March 22, 2021 12:32 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Moves closer to save chances
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush moved closer to the Rangers' closer job Monday after Jose Leclerc was shut down for what's expected to be an extended period due to elbow soreness, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Bush wouldn't be in the mix for many teams. He's a 35-year-old non-roster invitee who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2018 due to a pair of elbow surgeries and who posted a 4.70 ERA in his most recent season. The Rangers' bullpen has already been decimated by injuries, however, so the fact that he has 11 career saves places him as one of the top contenders for the job. In addition to Leclerc, Jonathan Hernandez (elbow), Joely Rodriguez (ankle) and Brett Martin (back) will all be sidelined to start the season, leaving Bush as one of the top contenders alongside similarly uninspiring names such as Ian Kennedy and Josh Sborz.

March 20, 2021 01:24 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Possible closer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Texas manager Chris Woodward mentioned Bush as a potential closer Friday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Woodward is not yet ready to anoint Jose Leclerc as the closer, including both Bush and Ian Kennedy as candidates to close out games. Leclerc gave up three hits in 1.1 innings Thursday, and his fastball velocity has been down from last season. "I need to see more from Jose. I need to see it," Woodward said. "I wouldn't say he's easing his way into spring training, but the guy missed the whole year last year. So, I need to see a little bit more." Bush, who held the closer's role briefly for Texas in 2017, is a non-roster invitee who has not allowed a run in three spring innings. Kennedy, also a non-roster invitee, had 30 saves for Kansas City in 2019.

February 21, 2021 04:08 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Throws first bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of training camp Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Bush pumped a mid-90s fastball for strikes during the session, which impressed manager Chris Woodward. "He just had a calmness about him [Friday] that the ball was coming out of his hand pretty well," Woodward said. "It wasn't like it was out of control and trying to throw it as hard as I can. It was nice and easy, good clean delivery." The reliever is coming off Tommy John elbow surgery in 2019 and didn't pitch in 2020. He'll need to pitch his way onto the roster this spring, but the 35-year-old Bush, who's been through a lot during his career, could be of help to what is expected to be a young pitching staff.

December 16, 2019 05:28 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Remains in Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) signed a two-year, minor-league deal with the Rangers on Monday.

Bush has been battling elbow issues since June of 2018. He made it back on the mound for rehab action in the first half of the 2019 season before being shut down for Tommy John surgery. He'll miss most or all of the 2020 campaign.

July 3, 2019 03:44 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Needs Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

He had surgery to repair a partially torn UCL in September of 2018, and was in the midst of a rehab assignment when it was revealed he needed to have Tommy John surgery. Bush will be out until at least late 2020.

June 24, 2019 07:20 AM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Nearing return to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Ranges are close to bringing Bush back to the majors, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

Bush, who was recently activated at Double-A Frisco following rehab of an elbow injury, has not allowed a run in 6.1 innings. Manager Chris Woodward said the 33-year-old would need to be managed if the Rangers brought him up now, but if they wait another week, he'd be under no restrictions. "We probably need to see a few more outings just to make sure before we get him back. But the earlier we call him up, the more careful we have to be," said Woodward.

June 16, 2019 07:40 AM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Begins throwing at Frisco
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush has thrown three scoreless innings over three outings for Double-A Frisco since coming off the injured list, T.R. Sullivan of reports.

The right-handed Bush has allowed one hit and struck out three. "He's up to 95-96, and his stuff looks good," assistant general manager Shiraz Rehman said. "He wants to be here, and we would love to have him back up here. We want to be smart about his health and make sure he is 100 percent ready to go." Bush underwent surgery last September to fix a partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

June 8, 2019 04:48 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Joins Double-A Frisco
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) was activated at Double-A Frisco on Saturday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Bush underwent surgery on his elbow last September -- not technically Tommy John surgery, but it was a repair of a partially torn UCL. He's been working his way back at extended spring training and is now ready for his first competitive action in more than a year. The 2004 No. 1 overall pick and former Rangers closer is largely an unknown after the long layoff.

May 30, 2019 04:00 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Throws in XST
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) threw 18 pitches over one inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday, Daniel Kramer of reports.

The right-handed Bush is recovering from Tommy John surgery performed last September. He's unlikely to help the Rangers in 2019.

December 17, 2018 11:00 AM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Back with Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training with the Rangers on Monday.

Bush has been with the Rangers for the last three seasons, recording a 3.35 ERA in 137 innings and spending some time as the team's closer in 2017. He underwent surgery to repair a partially torn UCL in September, a procedure that is expected to rule him out for the first half of the season. He'll have a chance to regain a bullpen spot once he recovers, though he'll be 33 years old by the time the season starts and his ERA dipped to 4.70 prior to his injury last season.

November 30, 2018 09:28 PM
Matt Bush: Heads to free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) was non-tendered by the Rangers on Friday.

Bush is free to sign elsewhere, although he'll miss at least the first half of the 2019 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair his UCL in mid-September. The 32-year-old made 21 appearances for Texas out of the bullpen prior to suffering the injury, recording a 4.70 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 19 strikeouts over 23 innings.

September 19, 2018 02:41 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Will miss half of 2019 after surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush will miss the first half of the 2019 season after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn UCL on Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

Bush didn't require Tommy John surgery, so he won't be out quite as long as other pitchers with elbow problems, but he's still expected to miss an extended period, which will come with all the typical questions about his ability to return to his former level. That level wasn't particularly good when he was healthy in 2018, as he recorded a disappointing 4.70 ERA in 23 innings and did not record a single save. He'll have some work to do to if he's to get back into the closer conversation in late 2019.

August 28, 2018 04:32 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Ruled out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) ruled out a return before the end of the season, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Bush has been sidelined since mid-June with an elbow strain. While he recently picked up a throwing program, the right-hander confirmed there simply won't be enough time for him to get back up to speed before the end of the season.

August 14, 2018 06:16 PM
Rangers' Matt Bush: Plays catch Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bush (elbow) played catch Tuesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.

Bush has now missed two full months with a strained elbow. A return this season hasn't been ruled out, but given the nature of the injury and the fact that the Rangers are far out of the playoff race, they'll have little reason to push him.

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