HIROSHIMA, Japan - The Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball Central League are scheduled to open spring training Friday in Nichinan, Japan.

Former Madison pitcher Bryan Bullington is scheduled to begin camp for his third consecutive season with the Carp.

Bullington, a 1999 Madison graduate and Indiana Mr. Baseball, last year signed a two-year contract extension with the Carp that pays him about $1,375,000 per season plus performance bonuses and a $582,000 signing bonus.

Bullington, now 32, is one of three Americans are signed to play for the Carp this season including outfielder Fred Lewis and infielder Brad Eldred.

A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Bullington was 7-14 in 29 starts with a 3.23 ERA with very little run support with the Carp in 2012. He pitched 175.2 innings, giving up 166 hits and 44 walks while striking out 137. He allowed 79 runs, 63 of which were earned.

Bullington was 13-11 with a 2.42 ERA for Hiroshima in 2011, starting 30 games and working 204.1 innings while allowing 183 hits and 43 walks while striking out 136.