San Diego’s own Matt Bush will miss the remainder of the baseball season due to Tommy John surgery.
The Texas Rangers right-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and must have the reconstruction surgery for the second time.
Bush, 33, had already been rehabbing the arm from off-season surgery, playing Class AA ball, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Rangers had been set to call him up.
The San Diego Padres drafted the former Mission Bay High School standout in 2004. He played briefly with the organization before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
His off-the-field behavior, influenced by substance abuse, curtailed his progress. He told USA Today two years ago that he has been sober since a 2012 wreck in which he was driving drunk and seriously injured a motorcyclist in Florida. He served three years in prison for the offense.
“There’s a lot of negativity around all the time, and you can get sidetracked in all that,” Bush told the New York Times in 2016, after he made it to the big leagues with the Rangers. “But I stayed strong; I stayed positive. Obviously, I got sick and tired of ruining my life.”
He went 7-2 that year. His career ERA is 3.45.
– Staff reports
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