ARLINGTON, Texas – NL Central’s Top Milwaukee Brewers Get Pain Relief and Used to be the #1 Draft Pick Matt Bush from Texas Rangers on Monday night for quarterbacks Mark Mathias and a top pitch prospect.
Bush leads 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and one save in 40 games this season, including five starts in the opener role. He has not allowed a single earn run in his past 12 appearances.
“It was a bit of a shock, certainly not expected, but I guess it was just a bittersweet moment,” Bush said. “It’s also really exciting coming to the Brewers, a team that is really winning and having a chance to go into the knockout stages and do big things.”
Texas has Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly. Mathias will be added to the 40-man roster with the Rangers, and Kelly will be assigned to their minor league system.
Bush, 36, has spent all of his big five seasons with the Rangers (2016-18, 2021-22). He was the first pick in the 2004 draft as a short cut preceded by the San Diego Padres, his hometown.
Bush was a 30-year-old rookie when he made his major league debut with Texas in 2016. That first game came nearly 12 years after he started, the longest gap for a No. 1 pick to come out. eye.
In the league’s 180 major games as a pitcher, he’s 12-7 with a 3.34 ERA and 188 shots in 177⅔ innings.
“It’s really hard to say goodbye here. This has been home to me for quite a while,” Bush said. “My family and I have been treated very well here, and I feel like the organization has always taken care of myself first and then baseball.”
While joining the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, Bush was involved in a DUI crash during spring training that left a 72-year-old man on a motorcycle severely injured and nearly killed. Bush spent three and a half years in prison.
The Rangers tracked down Bush in the parking lot of a restaurant where he worked while participating in a job release program for the final months of his prison sentence in the fall of 2015.
Bush had surgery on his right elbow twice while on the Rangers team. After a procedure in 2018 to repair and strengthen a partially torn accessory ligament failed to work, Bush needed Tommy John surgery in 2019. This is the second time he’s had to have ligament replacement surgery since. since switching from short runs to pitching shortly after being drafted.
After missing all of 2019 and 2020, his only appearance for Texas last year was a goalless half in the season finale.
Mathias, who turns 28 on Tuesday, started five second-base games for the Brewers this season. He made his major league debut playing 16 games for Milwaukee in 2020 before missing all of last season with a tear in his right shoulder.
Kelly, 22 and a pick for the All-Star Futures Game, was the Brewers’ second-round pick in the 2019 draft. He was 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 19 starts in the Division. A Wisconsin this season.