Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/7/12
It was a long road back for Eric Hurley. A first-round draft pick in 2004 and once the top-ranked pitching prospect in the Texas Rangers system, Hurley has not pitched in the big leagues since July 2008. He has another chance after the Los Angeles Angels recalled him from Class AAA Salt Lake. He has endured a long list of injuries, topped by shoulder surgery in 2009. Hurley made his major league debut by going 1-2 in five starts for the Rangers in 2008, then did not pitch for the next two years. "Last night, I woke my wife up quick and said, 'Hey, you're not going to believe this -- we've got to pack,'" Hurley said of getting the call Thursday night after the Angels demoted Garrett Richards. "Hard to sleep after that." The Angels will need a starter for Sunday's game against the Orioles when Dan Haren's spot in the rotation comes up. Haren went on the disabled list earlier this week with a lower back problem. However, manager Mike Scioscia indicated Hurley was promoted to ...
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