Tampa Bay Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman, in speaking about pitcher Matt Bush's DUI hit-and-run for the first time, said Sunday the team is "very surprised and saddened" by the situation, and acknowledged that "it's safe to say he's not going to play for us."
Friedman said with the ongoing criminal investigation into Bush, and different procedural dynamics in play, it was hard to make any definitive roster moves at this time. "It's difficult to know exactly what we're going to be able to do," he said.
Bush is in Charlotte County jail, with a bond set for $1.015 million, having getting arrested Thursday after fleeing the scene when an SUV he was driving hit the motorcycle of 72-year-old Tony Tufano. Tufano is in critical conditition in a Fort Myers hospital.
"Our concerns, thoughts and prayers are with the Tufano family," Friedman said.
Friedman said they had talked about potentially setting Bush up in a rehab program, but that was only if he was out on bond, not as an altnernative to that. He said he found out about the Bush accident on Thursday while he was in his office, and hasn't spoken to the 26-year-old.