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Former baseball star sentenced for fighting

July 21, 2009 |  2:45 pm

Matt Bush, whose once-promising baseball career has been undercut by drinking, injuries and run-ins with the law, was sentenced today to 120 days in a residential treatment program, three years' probation and 240 hours of community service.

Bush, 23, was sentenced in El Cajon Superior Court after pleading guilty to attempting to start a fight with high school lacrosse players and other charges.

Bush was a first-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2004 and signed for a reported $3.1 million after graduating from Mission Bay High School in San Diego. Although he was a shortstop in high school the team saw him a pitcher.

His career faltered, however, and he was traded this season to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Toronto team released him in April for violating its conduct policy.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego