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Rays add Bush to their 40-man roster

Rays add Bush to their 40-man roster

The Matt Bush comeback story has another chapter. Tampa Bay ensured that on Saturday, when it chose to add the embattled former first-round Draft pick to the 40-man roster.

Bush, the first overall selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, washed out as a shortstop and has returned to the mound, where he experienced limited success last season.

Bush, drafted and developed by San Diego, could become the third player selected first overall to never make it to the Majors. The former prep star batted .219 and never rose above the Class A California League in three seasons as a hitter -- dealing with a broken ankle at one point along the way -- before the Padres initiated his return to pitching in 2007.

Bush had some promising returns, but then his career took another wrong turn. The right-hander hurt his elbow after just seven just relief appearances, and he needed ligament replacement surgery to repair it. Bush was later traded to Toronto and subsequently released by the Blue Jays for an undisclosed behavioral issue before signing with the Rays in January.

And with his new organization, Bush completed his comeback. He returned to the mound -- again -- and posted a 1.69 ERA in four appearances in the Gulf Coast League, and then a 4.32 mark in six games for Class A Charlotte. Bush, still just 24 years old, has registered more strikeouts (36) than hits (14) and walks (five) in his brief pitching career of 21 1/3 innings.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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