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07/23/08 3:46 PM ET

Angels recall Bulger to stake 'pen

Righty joins club after relievers hurl six innings Tuesday

ANAHEIM -- The Angels recalled right-hander Jason Bulger from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday and optioned infielder Sean Rodriguez back to Salt Lake just one day after he was called up.

The Angels made the move because four relievers combined to pitch six innings Tuesday when starter Jered Weaver left the game after the third inning because of a knot in his throwing shoulder.

"We used a lot of pitching last night, so we want a little more pitching coverage right now," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Rodriguez originally took the roster spot of Torii Hunter, who was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday to visit his ailing grandmother in Pine Bluff, Ark.

But Rodriguez didn't play Tuesday, and was sent back down to the Minor Leagues -- where he is batting .296 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 50 games with the Bees this season.

Bulger made the Opening Day roster, but was optioned to Salt Lake on April 21 after carrying a 7.94 ERA in five appearances. He did well with the Bees, going 2-0 with 10 saves and a 0.62 ERA in 25 relief appearances.

Bulger's stint with the Angels may not be too long, as Hunter is expected to rejoin the team in Baltimore on Friday. But Scioscia said there's still a chance Bulger could find a way to remain with the club.

"We'll see where we are, and right now Jason is here because we had a lot of innings last night and we need coverage," Scioscia said. "But we'll see where we are Friday."

Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.