According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Texas Rangers have elected to keep reliever Matt Bush in the bullpen for the near future. There had been rumors the team could move the pitcher to the rotation, thanks to his electric fastball and pitching mix, but both parties have agreed this is the better path.
Bush was terrific in his first MLB action, after a 4 year hiatus from baseball thanks to a DUI conviction that landed him in jail for 39 months. Bush signed a minor league deal with the Rangers and dominated AA Frisco, before being called up for the first time in May of 2016. Bush was the former 1st overall selection of the 2004 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and was regarded as a hitting and pitching threat before alcohol issues derailed him.
Bush, 30, went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 58 games with the Rangers last season, exclusively out of the bullpen. Bush has a fastball that sits between 96-98 miles per hour, and also owns a solid curveball and slider, both of which generate a great deal of ground ball outs. As a result, Bush has an enviable mix that could play well in the rotation.
However, there are numerous stories of successful relievers who have tried to transition to the rotation (ex: Daniel Bard of the Boston Red Sox) and have failed miserably. Bush will not go down that path, and instead remain in the bullpen and join a powerful set up and closing core that includes Sam Dyson, Jake Diekman and Jeremy Jeffress.