Rangers relief pitcher Matt Bush underwent right shoulder surgery last week, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. Bush is expected to be ready for spring training.
Bush dealt with shoulder soreness in April, but was able to avoid a shoulder-related DL stint for the entirety of the 2017 season.
Bush, 31, has produced impressive numbers out of Texas' bullpen after a miraculous return to baseball. A former first-overall selection of the Padres as a shortstop in 2004, Bush has reinvented his career as a pitcher after off-field issues forced him out of the game from 2007-2016.
Now a solid late-inning option for the Rangers, Bush has assembled a 3.08 ERA and 9.4 K/9 across 114.0 inning the past two seasons. The righty was removed from the closer's role after blowing three saves in five chances last June, but settled down with a 3.48 ERA over his final 27 appearances.
According to the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, there are "ongoing conversations" about converting Bush to a starting role. Rangers GM Jon Daniels said publicly that the surgery is not expected to impact Bush' future, in either the bullpen or the rotation.