Brad Penny done until at least the All-Star break

Today’s sim game didn’t go well. He shut it down in the fourth inning after he “felt a little something in the back of his shoulder,” according to Joe Torre. He’ll see the doctor on Monday. No one seems to think it’s anything major, but Chan Ho Park will fill that spot in the rotation for the rest of the first half. If it goes longer than that, Kershaw will be recalled again. There doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency with this, and really, his two-time All-Star status notwithstanding, why should there be? Penny last pitched on June 13 at Detroit, and the Dodgers lost that day to fall to 31-37 and remain a season-worst 5 1/2 games behind the Snakes. Since they, they are 11-7, and there is a chance they could leapfrog the Snakes into first place tonight. Now, I’m not saying Penny’s absence is the reason. I’m just saying that the team clearly hasn’t been all that affected by his absence.

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  • The_Great_Arcade_Fire

    Speaking of absences…did you know the Dodgers are 10-3 when Pierre has no AB’s in a game? They also score over 1 more run per game compared to when he’s not in the lineup.

  • The_Great_Arcade_Fire

    he’s in the lineup*