"It's the biggest joy in my life, without a doubt," Bulger said on Tuesday as he settled into Angels camp, looking to reclaim his place as a durable reliever. "I've had a lot of fun on the mound and in baseball, but it doesn't compare with having a baby. It's a life-changer."
Bulger, on the professional side, feels reborn after a season spent struggling with shoulder issues limiting him to 25 appearances and a 4.88 ERA. The 6-foot-4 right-hander with the booming fastball and soft voice was a pillar in 2009, appearing in 64 games with a 6-1 record and 3.56 ERA.
"I'm full go," Bulger said. "I've been [throwing] off the mound, letting it go. I'm not having any problems. I'm familiar with rotator cuff pain -- I went through that four years ago. Rest is the biggest thing. I hurt the shoulder at the end of May, came back to pitch the last month and then took a month off. I did my exercises and started throwing again, and I'm feeling great.
"I think I can do even better than . Towards the end of that season, I was starting to pitch to my potential. There's a lot of competition here, a lot of great arms. But I feel good if I can pitch to my ability."