NL Central-leading Brewers acquire reliever Bush from Texas


NL Central-leading Brewers acquire reliever Bush from Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers acquired hard-throwing reliever and former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers on Monday night for infielder Mark Mathias and a top pitching prospect.

Bush is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and one save in 40 games this season, including five starting in an opener role. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 12 appearances.

He was acquired to help fortify the Brewers’ bullpen on the same day they traded All-Star closer Josh Hader to San Diego for reliever Taylor Rogers and three other players.

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Matt Bush throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, July 29, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The 36-year-old Bush has spent all five of his big league seasons with the Rangers (2016-18, 2021-22). He was the first pick in the 2004 draft as a shortstop by San Diego. In his 180 big league games as a pitcher, he is 12-7 with a 3.34 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings

Texas got Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly. Mathias will go on the 40-man roster for the Rangers, and Kelly will be assigned to their minor league system.

Mathias, who turns 28 on Tuesday, has started five games at second base for the Brewers this season. He made his big league debut playing 16 games for Milwaukee in 2020 before missing all of last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The 22-year-old Kelly, a selection for the All-Star Futures Game, was a second-round pick by the Brewers in the 2019 draft. He was 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 19 starts at Class A Wisconsin this season.


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