This clears a 40-man spot for Furcal. Not a huge surprise, as Penny wasn’t expected to pitch again anyway, even in the playoffs. Torre said he’ll ease Furcal in, probably finding an innocuous situation for him the first time plays (think the late innings of last night’s game, when the Dodgers had a nine-run lead). Asked him whether Furcal could start a game and play nine innings, and Joe was non-committal. Said he would have to see how things went.