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Former Rays farmhand Matt Bush released from jail

Matt Bush

Matt Bush

Former No. 1 overall pick and Rays pitching prospect Matt Bush was released from prison Friday.

Bush, 29, has been incarcerated since the spring of 2012, most of it spent at Hamilton Correctional Institution in Jasper. It was the result of a no contest plea deal he made in Charlotte County Florida for DUI with serious bodily injury.

Bush's attorney Russell Kirshy said Bush completed a nine-month work release program and has no probation. While Bush remains in Florida, Kirshy said he plans to return to Southern California, where his family lives. Agent Jonathan Weisz said he doesn't think making a baseball comeback is at the "forefront of (Bush's) mind," but he will sit down with his client soon.

"He had the right attitude," Kirshy said. "My concern with him while he was in custody was that he was very much about, 'This is my penance, and I've got to pay for it and make the best of it.' "

Authorities say Bush's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he hit 72-year-old Tony Tufano's motorcycle and left the scene. Tufano nearly died.

Former Rays farmhand Matt Bush released from jail 10/31/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:18pm]
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