HIROSHIMA, Japan - Doctors in Japan have examined Bryan Bullington's pitching elbow and diagnosed the 33-year-old right-hander with neuritis in his right ulna.

Bullington, a 1999 graduate of Madison in his fourth season as a starting pitcher with the Hiroshima Carp, was pulled early from his two most recent starts - the two appearances separated by a 10-day rest period - complaining of discomfort in his elbow during both games.

He was taken off the Carp's active roster on Aug. 20 - similar to going on the short-term disabled list in the United States - and then sent back to the inactive roster just five innings into his first appearance back on Sunday for the same problem.

Bullington was examined at a Japanese hospital this week and diagnosed with neuritis in his right ulna - a condition involving the nerve that runs behind the elbow joint. The condition can cause pain in the arm like being hit on the "funny bone" and tingling and numbness in the fingers.

Bullington now will be shut down for about two weeks and then re-evaluated to see of he can come back for the end of the season and playoffs.

He is currently 9-8 with a 4.58 ERA in 131.2 innings pitched over 23 starts.