Now a Pitcher, Former No. 1 Pick Matt Bush Called Up by Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers were expected to call up former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush on Friday, making the right-hander available for his first regular-season game since spending 3 years in prison for a drunken-driving accident in Florida that left a man seriously injured.

Bush was the top pick in the 2004 draft and signed with the Rangers on a minor league deal in December after being released from prison in October. He made two appearances in spring training and impressed his coaches with his array of pitches, including a fastball of nearly 100 mph.

The Rangers said they were buying his contract from Double-A Frisco and would make a corresponding roster move later.

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White Sox: Promote LHP Matt Purke, release veteran LHP John Danks
NEW YORK -- The Chicago White Sox have promoted left-hander Matt Purke from Triple-A Charlotte and requested waivers on lefty John Danks for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

The AL Central leaders purchased Purke's contract before Friday night's game at Yankee Stadium.

The 25-year-old Purke hasn't played in the majors. He was 0-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 10 games at Charlotte, including one start. The White Sox signed him in November after he spent four seasons in the Washington system.

Purke takes the roster spot of righty Scott Carroll, who was optioned to Charlotte on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Danks was designated for assignment on May 5. He was 0-4 with a 7.25 ERA in four starts for Chicago. Danks was 79-104 with a 4.38 ERA in 10 seasons with the White Sox.

The White Sox are responsible for the remaining portion of Danks' $14.25 million salary this year, a little more than $11 million.

Pirates: Recall utility INF Cole Figuroa, option LHP Kyle Lobstein
CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled utility player Cole Figueroa from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned left-hander Kyle Lobstein to Indianapolis, reducing their bullpen to seven relievers.

Manager Clint Hurdle said before Friday's game at the Chicago Cubs that Thursday's off day coupled with a May 10 rainout prompted the move. They've been playing with only a four-man bench.

Figueroa made Pittsburgh's opening-day roster, but was sent down after going hitless in nine at-bats.

Lobstein is 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA in nine relief appearances. Hurdle says they want Lobstein to eventually make the starting rotation.

Indians: RF Lonnie Chisenhall placed on bereavement list
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been put on the bereavement list following a death in his family.

Chisenhall, who has returned home to North Carolina, can remain on the bereavement list for a period of three to seven days. He's batting .255 with three RBIs in 17 games. Chisenhall began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a sore wrist.

Outfielder Tyler Naquin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Friday. He began the season with the Indians and batted .315 in 22 games before being sent down May 7.

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