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Jays acquire former first pick Bush

Jays acquire former first pick Bush

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays completed a trade with the Padres on Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Matt Bush from San Diego in exchange for a player to be be named later or cash considerations.

Bush, who was the first overall selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday in order to vacate a spot on San Diego's roster for veteran Cliff Floyd. The 23-year-old Bush was originally drafted out of high school as a shortstop, but he moved to the mound during the '07 season.

Bush hasn't advanced above Class A in his Minor League career, and he didn't pitch in 2008 after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his throwing elbow. Two seasons ago, Bush went 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in seven games before injuring his arm.

In order to clear room on the roster for Bush, the Blue Jays released right-hander Dirk Hayhurst, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres in October.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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