NISHINOMIYA, Japan - Former Madison Cub Bryan Bullington, now pitcher for the Hiroshima Carp, was forced from Saturday's game with the Hanshin Tigers when he was struck in the knee by a batted ball.

Bullington, who was making his 24th start of the Nippon Professional Baseball season at Koshien Stadium, suffered the injury while pitching in the bottom of the second inning.

A batted ball struck the 32-year-old right-hander in the area of his left knee. He received treatment but was unable to return to the game and his status is unknown for his next scheduled start later this week.

Bullington, now in his third season of Japanese pro baseball, was tied 1-1 when he left the game and got a no-decision. He is currently 7-9 with a 3.65 ERA.