Bush back in good graces of Padres

Updated: July 21, 2004, 7:23 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres lifted the suspension of overall No. 1 draft pick Matt Bush, who was arrested last month and accused of assaulting a bouncer removing him from a bar.

Padres general manager Kevin Towers on Wednesday did not say why the team ended the suspension of the 18-year-old shortstop.

Bush agreed to a $3.15 million signing bonus June 7 and was assigned to the Padres' rookie-level affiliate in Peoria, Ariz.

He was suspended June 21, a day after his confrontation at the bar, which is across the street from the Peoria Sports Complex. He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, trespassing, disorderly conduct and underage drinking. He could face misdemeanor charges.

He batted .450 at San Diego's Mission Bay High School.


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