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Jays acquire former first overall pick Bush from Padres

TSN.ca Staff

2/10/2009 3:22:34 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired 2004 first overall pick Matt Bush from the San Diego Padres, five days after he was designated for assignment.

The Jays will send the Padres player to be named later or cash considerations.

"We tried it with him as an infielder and that certainly didn't work out," Padres General Manager Kevin Towers said last week. "Got him on the mound, something that he was kind of a two-way guy in high school, and he pitched less than 10 innings for us in the Midwest League before he ran into elbow problems and had Tommy John surgery."

In 2007, the 5-9, 195 lb. right-hander posted a 1-0 record with a 1.17 ERA in seven games prior to the injury, adding 16 strikeouts in 7.2 innings. 

Bush, who was drafted as a shortstop, was converted to a pitcher by the Padres after he struggled in the minors.  The right-hander missed all of the 2008 season rehabbing after having reconstructive elbow surgery.

The 23-year old has battled off-field issues in the past.  Two weeks after being drafted in 2004, he was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested at a bar.  He was reinstated a month later.

Last summer, Bush was involved in a bar fight, but the final straw appeared to be another off-field incident last week.

Bush was reportedly placed under police investigation for public intoxication and assault at a high school in California.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Jays released right-handed pitcher Dirk Hayhurst.