NAGOYA, Japan - Making his first start after a 10-day break for rest and recovery, former Madison Cub Bryan Bullington was once again removed from a game due to arm problems.

Bullington lasted 85 pitches against the Chunichi Dragons on Sunday, but was pulled from the game in the fifth inning due to discomfort in his right elbow.

Bullington had lasted just 65 pitches in his previous start on Aug. 20 at Yokohama before being pulled in the third inning and placed on the inactive roster to allow the 33-year-old right-hander 10 days for rest and recovery.

His first outing back was Sunday and Bullington told reporters after the game that tightness in his right forearm started getting worse in the third inning. He was removed from the game after giving up a three-run home run to the Chunichi Dragons' Hector Luna in the fifth inning.

A 1999 Madison graduate, Bullington walked four on Sunday - including back-to-back batters before Luna's homer - and struck out two while allowing four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Bullington left with the game tied 1-1 and ended up with a no-decision as the Carp beat the Dragons 6-4.

Bullington, now in his fourth season of Japanese professional baseball and 11th pro season overall after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002 out of Ball State University, now will be taken off the Carp active roster due to injury. He is currently 9-8 with a 4.58 ERA.