HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - Former Madison Cub Bryan Bullington pitched five shutout innings of a practice game between the Hiroshima Carp and Rakuten Golden Eagles on Friday at Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima.

Bullington, who has a two-year contract to pitch this year and next for Hiroshima, is being considered as the March 29 opening day starter for the Carp should staff ace Kenta Maeda not be ready to go.