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Angels call Bulger back to majors

Jason Bulger is back in the major leagues - at least for the moment.

The Brookwood graduate was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels to give them an extra arm in the bullpen, but didn't pitch in Wednesday night's 14-11 home victory over Cleveland.

The Angels will have to make a roster move today when center fielder Torii Hunter returns to the team in Baltimore after going on a bereavement leave to visit his ailing grandmother.

"We'll see where we are Friday," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said when asked by reporters whether the team would stick with 12 pitchers or go back to 11.

The first-place Angels, pulling away in the America League West, were off on Thursday before beginning the road trip. They used five pitchers in each of the final two games against the Indians.

Bulger has dominated in Class AAA since being sent down by the Angels in late April. He is 2-0 with a 0.62 ERA and 10 saves in 25 appearances for Salt Lake, striking out 50 in 29 innings.

The right-hander was selected to play for the Pacific Coast League in the AAA All-Star Game, but couldn't pitch because of shoulder tendinitis. He came off the Salt Lake disabled list on Monday and pitched 2/3 of an inning against Fresno, allowing a hit and striking out two.

Bulger, 29, has allowed just two earned runs with Salt Lake, both in May. Opponents are hitting .176 and he hasn't given up a home run.

The former first-round draft choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitched five times for the Angels in April. He struck out six and walked just one in 52/3 innings, but allowed two homers and had a 7.94 ERA

Bulger made six appearances for the Angels last September, striking out eight in 61/3 innings. He had a 2.84 ERA.