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10/05/12 6:41 PM ET

Rays officially release right-hander Bush

ST. PETERSBURG -- It was announced Friday that Tampa Bay has officially released right-hander Matt Bush.

The news did not come as a total surprise, as Bush was removed from the team's 40-man roster in the aftermath of his March DUI hit-and-run arrest in Charlotte County. The Rays had previously stated that Bush would not play for the team, either.

The state of Florida has offered Bush a plea deal; he remains in the Charlotte County jail.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.