Monday, August 27, 2007
Matt Bush to have Tommy John surgery
Since we've recently posted about baseball's former No. 1 pick, we figure we should give you an update about his most recent setback.
Here's a quick recap: Bush was picked No. 1 by the San Diego Padres in 2004 but never made it past Class A Advanced because of inconsitency and injury. After struggling this year, the Padres made him a relief pitcher and sent him to extended spring training.
A strong-armed and successful pitcher in high school, the Padres didn't want to completely cut ties with a 21-year-old kid they gave a club record $3.15 million signing bonus to. In his first outing in Class A Fort Wayne (where he played most of his minor league ball), Bush injured his elbow on the eighth pitch he threw.
Now, he's facing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. That injury usually takes pitchers 12-14 months to recover from and some never do.
Is this it for Bush?