Who would have predicted when the Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran pitcher David Bush to a minor league deal in December, that he would still be in the conversation for a role in the Jays bullpen all but ten days away from opening day?
The right-handed hurler broke into the major leagues with the Blue Jays in 2004, spending two seasons with the Jays before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of the 2005 season in the Lyle Overbay transaction.
Bush has impressed the Blue Jays brain trust so far this spring, posting a 2.45 earned run average and surrendering only three runs in 11 innings of work. Bush is in the mix for a job with relievers Brett Cecil, Brad Lincoln and Jeremy Jeffress.
Bush owns a career 56-69 record, having last pitched in the majors in 2011 as a member of the Texas Rangers. The troubling statistic in regards to Bush is that he’s only posted an ERA under 4.00 in one of his eight major league seasons — his rookie year in 2004.
So even though he has enjoyed spring training success, it is a small sample size and fans should be realistic in considering whether Bush is a viable option out of the bullpen … but then again, how much of an upgrade is Brett Cecil?
There is no question Bush will be a member of the Blue Jays organization somewhere in 2013 due to his rejuvenated spring.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports. Follow and interact with him on Twitter at @MLBHotCorner.