ARLINGTON -- A workhorse out of the bullpen last season as one of the most valuable arms on the Angels' staff, Jason Bulger has been idled by a right shoulder strain since June 11.
There were setbacks after attempts to stretch out and throw bullpen sessions, causing Bulger to shut it down, but he's back with the club throwing long toss and hopes to be able to pass a few bullpen tests and get back in competition soon.
"Today was a good day," Bulger said, having thrown long toss at 150 feet on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark. "I didn't come back well from my last bullpen, which was disappointing. I thought I was one day away from a rehab assignment. We let it re-set, and the good thing is it's coming back stronger than before. If I feel good after a couple more days of long toss, I'll jump on the mound and see how that goes."
Fellow reliever Brian Stokes, out since May 10 with right shoulder fatigue, also is on the comeback trail. The hard-throwing right-hander threw a bullpen session on Thursday and was hopeful he'd be on track for a rehab assignment soon.