Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Bush is being held without bail after he was arrested and charged Thursday with DUI in a hit-and-run crash that injured a motorcyclist in Charlotte County, Fla.
Bush, 26, is a minor leaguer who was looking to make the Rays as a middle reliever. But his hopes of making the team were dashed after the incident and arrest.
Bush, a former No. 1 overall pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2004 MLB Draft, was driving a black Dodge Durango on US-41 in Charlotte County yesterday around 5 a.m. when his vehicle hit the back of a motorcyclist Anthony Tufano's vehicle, NBC-2.com reported.
The impact caused Tufano, 72, to fly off his bike and hit the pavement, the station said. He was taken to the Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center. It's unclear what kind of condition Tufano is in.
Alcohol played a role in the incident, the police report said, according to TampaBay.com.
Bush, who has had problems with alcohol in the past, is being held without bond in the Charlotte County jail and a judge gave him 24 hours to find a lawyer, the website said. He remains held without bail.