Red Sox Release Struggling Starter Brad Penny
With left-handed reliever Billy Wagner set to join the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, the Sox released Brad Penny on Wednesday night to open up a roster spot for Wagner. Brad Penny, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, asked for a release on Wednesday and was granted it by the Red Sox.
Penny impressed Sox fans early on in the season, fairing well and pitching an impressive six inning win against the New York Yankees. But things went sour fast for Penny, going 1-6 in his past 11 starts. Penny (7-8) has a 5.61 ERA but claims that he feels good and is glad to be healthy. Once he clears waivers on Monday, Penny will have the opportunity to sign on with any team that needs help with their starting pitching.
Buyer beware, however, as the 230 lbs. Penny has looked awful the past two months, relying heavily on his fastball and lacking any command on his off-speed pitches. Another one of Theo Epstein’s reclamation projects failed to pan out but luckily for the Red Sox help is on the way in the form of Dice-K and Paul Byrd.