This is the second Triple-A pitcher for the Phillies in as many years to opt out of his deal to go play ball overseas. Last year, it was relief pitcher Scott Mathieson, who was granted his wish to go play ball in Asia.
Bush, who was 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 11 starts at the top minor league level. Bush was pitching very well, having struck out 37 batters in 62.2 innings pitched while walking just eight, and there were even suggestions that he might be called up to the major league club when Roy Halladay went on the disabled list.
As it turned out, Vance Worley’s return meant the Phillies didn’t need an extra pitcher, especially with Kyle Kendrick pitching surprisingly well. Bush is a former major leaguer who finished eighth in the AL Rookie of the Year award voting for the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2004, going 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 16 starts, walking just 2.3 batters per nine innings. He enjoyed his best season as a pro with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006, going 12-11 with a 4.41 ERA and leading the National League with a 4.37 strikeout to walk ratio (he tied with Roy Oswalt, as both pitchers ironically struck out out 166 and walked 38).
Bush last pitched in the major leagues briefly in 2011, going 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched for the future American League champion Texas Rangers. Bush is 56-69 with a 4.40 ERA in his major league career, and he is just the third pitcher ever to have surrendered four consecutive home runs in a single game.