Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Penny Turning Up Friday Versus Giants

Via ESPN, Penny will start Friday in San Francisco, hopefully bringing an end to the Jason Johnson experiment (which failed us miserably last night):

Right-handed starter Brad Penny is expected to return to the Dodgers' starting rotation on Friday against the San Francisco Giants after spending more than seven weeks on the disabled list, according to multiple media reports.

Penny made a rehab start for the Dodgers' Las Vegas Triple-A affiliate last week, giving up two runs and six hits and hitting 98 mph on the radar gun in four innings of work. He was 5-9 with a 5.88 ERA when he was placed on the DL on June 15 with shoulder soreness.

Penny, who described his time away from the game as "boring," said he's heard from teammates that there's increased energy in the Dodgers clubhouse since the team dealt for Manny Ramirez, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"That's definitely the biggest move since I've been here," Penny said, according to the report. "It's going to help us probably win the division. One guy can't win the division, but we've got that legitimate power guy now -- and he hits for average."

If Ramirez is a legitimate power guy who also hits for average...which one (if any) is Andruw Jones? Or Juan Pierre? Do tell, Mr. Penny!