March 13, 2009

Penny Aggressive In Intra-Squad Game

Potential 5th starter Brad Penny threw 33 pitches over two innings in a simulated game at the minor league complex this morning.

He gave up a home run on a 2-2 fastball to his first batter (David Mailman), but settled down after that. John Farrell said Penny felt strong, was aggressive, and experienced no pain. Over at the Sox Prospects discussion board, Cem21 charted pitches for Penny's first inning and posted:
Penny looked to be throwing pretty effortlessly and had good command of his fastball. His curveball had pretty good action and he dropped it in for a couple of strikes. More of an aggressive side session, but looked pretty successful in achieving the goal. Next step getting him into a game.
Penny is expected to throw about 45 pitches in his next appearance on Wednesday. The Red Sox will need a fifth starter on April 12, four weeks from this Sunday.

78 comments:

Pepe Lepew said...

Hey, someone just asked me this question, and I wasn't positive of the answer.
Any idea of the starting rotation?
I figured Beckett, Dice-K, Lester are locks, but then ...? Wakefield? Penny? and a No. 5 (Buchholz? Masterson?) I know Smoltz is supposedly out until late May at best.

nixon33 said...

David Mailman! Awesome.

redsock said...

Yeah, all indications are that Wakefield and Penny round out the rotation. Looks like HH is insurance if Penny isn't ready.

They might be thinking of using Masterson for 2-3 innings a pop (in shorter Penny starts to begin the year, perhaps?), but I'd be shocked if they took him out of the pen.

Benjamin said...

Kottaras catching.

Benjamin said...

Gardner walks on one billion pitches.

Benjamin said...

Remy's off the DL and back in the booth.

Benjamin said...

6-4-3 DP.

MFY - 0
BOS -

Benjamin said...

LBJ reaches second on a foul ball down the left field line.

redsock said...

I'd be taking mod off for the game, but I'm leaving soon to pick up L at the airport.

She's been in California since Monday seeing friends and family, relaxing and eating great food and drinking jugs of wine.

Me, I'm typing this in my basement -- all alone. :<(

Benjamin said...

MFY - 0
BOS - 0

Benjamin said...

Jugs of wine have their benefits.

Zenslinger said...

Too bad, RS.

Any reason Lugo came out?

Benjamin said...

MFY - 01
BOS - 0

Benjamin said...

Allan, I don't think you successfully turned moderation off before you left.

Benjamin said...

Lowell dong off Wang. 1-1.

Zenslinger said...

There goes Mike Lowell, eh.

Benjamin said...

E1 on Miranda.

Benjamin said...

Kottaras loads the bases on a loonie.

Benjamin said...

Chavez with an rbi balboa to left. 2-1 good guys.

Benjamin said...

Miranda's having a pretty shitty inning. 3-1 good guys.

Benjamin said...

Ochoa with a 2-rbi bolivar up the middle. 5-1 good guys.

Benjamin said...

Remy's giving Orsillo shit for having a tan in Florida, and Orsillo's giving Remy shit for missing three games ("tanking").

Papi dong to right. 7-1 good guys. Lowell's coming up for the second time this inning.

Benjamin said...

(Papi's first hit of spring training.)

Wang gets pulled.

Benjamin said...

Tomko in to pitch.

Benjamin said...

Lowell single on a short fly to center. Still 2 outs in the second.

Benjamin said...

Scheduled pitchers: Papelbon, Saito, Bard, Tazawa.

Benjamin said...

Drew K finally ends it.

MFY - 01
BOS - 07

Benjamin said...

Ransom triple. Miranda HBP. Nady double (takes third). 7-2 us.

Benjamin said...

Er, 7-3.

Jere said...

My goal tonight was to knock Wang out DURING an inning. Goal accomplished!

Too bad that wacky left fielder of ours threw the ball into the ground trying to throw home in the first! He probably didn't know there was a game going on, ha ha ha ha!

Benjamin said...

J-Rod K, so Tim finally records an out.

Benjamin said...

Kottaras is looking pretty good catching Wakefield so far tonight.

Benjamin said...

Molina bloop to center. 7-4 us.

Benjamin said...

Wake's coming out. They don't bother saying who's coming in before the commercial breaks in ST, maybe because there's less time pressure to make the change fast.

Benjamin said...

Vaquedano in for Wake.

Benjamin said...

Duncan K.

Benjamin said...

Berroa reaches on an Ochoa bobble.

Benjamin said...

Vaquedano nearly castrates Pena on an outside pitch that misses extremely far inside.

Benjamin said...

Pena BB. Bases loaded.

Benjamin said...

Gardner K swinging.

MFY - 013
BOS - 07

Benjamin said...

Welcome back, Laura.

Benjamin said...

Bay Keh.

Benjamin said...

MFY - 013
BOS - 070

Benjamin said...

1-2-3 inning for Paps.

MFY - 013 0
BOS - 070

Benjamin said...

Sam Kennedy's going to hawk tickets on both the top and bottom halves of the inning.

Benjamin said...

MFY - 013 0
BOS - 070 0

Benjamin said...

Saito in.

Benjamin said...

Saito Ks J-Rod.

Benjamin said...

Molina K too.

redsock said...

Jugs of wine have their benefits.

FY!

Benjamin said...

Bay another Keh.

MFY - 013 00
BOS - 070 00

Ish said...

Oh look! A game thread!

Saito looked good.

Benjamin said...

Bard Ks Jackson on a 99mph fastball.

Benjamin said...

Remy corrects it to 98.

tim said...

That other avatar was too intense for my liking...too early in the season. Time to lighten it up a bit.

Wow to the game thread! Can't thread tonight but looking forward to getting back into them for opening day! Also hope to have a TV by then!

redsock said...

This is only post 56. We had a game thread earlier that was close to 100. Pretty good for early March.

Benjamin said...

MFY - 013 000
BOS - 070 000

Benjamin said...

This is only post 56.

Yes, well.

tim said...

Benjamin's dominated this.

Ish said...

NESN's gun still working out the kinks.

Tazawa just threw a 26 mph fastball.

Ish said...

I wonder what happened to Heidi's wrist... Maybe Tek knows.

Benjamin said...

I still can't get over Tazawa's delivery.

Benjamin said...

Curtis incredulous. Sit.

Jere said...

I read about the "Welcome Home" commercial on redsox.com today. I figured the fact that they mentioned it meant it was some kind of new, genius commercial. Instead it was just everyone saying "see you at home." (The awkward Werner voice-cracking chuckle was pretty funny though. And Lugo tried to win the SS role through cuteness by involving his kid in his part.)

Jere said...

I think the timing of Remy's absence suggests a contract dispute, not some mystery "infection." But that's just a theory.

Jere said...

"If I had to make a guess, I'd say Kei's not the hardest worker." -Remy

redsock said...

I hear Remy was faking his illness -- the doctor said he kept forgetting what side of his chest hurt.

Benjamin said...

Nice baserunning, Chavez.

MFY - 013 000 00
BOS - 070 000 00

Benjamin said...

Water, on a shitty double play.

Benjamin said...
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Benjamin said...

MFY - 013 000 000 - 4 9 1
BOS - 070 000 01X - 8 9 0

Benjamin said...

Instead it was just everyone saying "see you at home."

Masterson is surprisingly articulate in it. He has a nice voice.

Zenslinger said...

Given the starting lineups of batters, it should have been an embarrassment to lose this one. So, fine that we won, but...Wakefield. The uncertainty about him looms.

But, on the other hand, we beat up on Wang.

Of course it's only spring training. Means nothing at all. About anyone. Right?

9casey said...

Zenslinger said...


Of course it's only spring training. Means nothing at all. About anyone. Right?



I believe seeing Papi turn on one meant something..

tim said...

Lugo blew out his knee??? How did that happen, hit the ball too hard?

Jere said...

"Masterson is surprisingly articulate in it. He has a nice voice."

His post-game interviews last year are what made him become my current favorite player--and why I'll be finding a pic I took of him last year to use as my '09 in-season Avatar. (By the way, that was me "calling it," everyone. Tim, I got my eye on you!)

Jere said...

Okay, here's the new me. I'll see how it goes. I've got till April 6th to finalize. Under the rules I've set for myself.

tim said...

Tim, I got my eye on you!

Haha, I'm good with Kenny Powers!

"You're fuckin' out!"