Rays manager Joe Maddon has singled out Matt Bush as looking good early on in spring training.
"Here's a guy that's overcoming a lot of adversity, and he's doing a great job with it," Maddon said. "To his credit, the second half of last year (for Double-A Montgomery) in the Southern League I guess he was lights out, and it looks like he's carrying that over right now, because it looks really good." Bush, who is a former No. 1 overall pick as a shortstop, posted a 3.04 ERA and 35/9 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 second half innings last year at Double-A. It would be a nice story, but he remains a longshot to win a spot in the bullpen.