Bush, top pick in '04, pleads not guilty

Updated: July 8, 2009, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

EL CAJON, Calif. -- Former top draft pick Matt Bush has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving, resisting arrest and vandalism for an incident last month in which he backed into a parked car in Mission Valley.

A lawyer entered pleas for Bush on Wednesday in a San Diego County courtroom. Attorney Gregory Daniels said the 23-year-old pitcher, who's had several alcohol-related incidents, is in rehab.

The San Diego Padres drafted Bush with the first pick in 2004 and traded him to Toronto in February, after he allegedly assaulted members of a high school lacrosse team. He's charged with misdemeanor battery in that case.

The Blue Jays released Bush in April for failing to comply with team guidelines.


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