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UPDATE: Brad Penny placed on DL with strained lat muscle

May 22, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

Brad Penny grand slam.jpgUPDATE: Penny was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left lat muscle, according to Matthew Leach of

He received an anti-inflammatory shot in the area of the injury this morning and hopes to resume throwing in about a week.

“Right now we think it’ll be a minimal stay on the 15-day,” Mozeliak
said on Saturday morning. “That’s what we’re hopeful of.”

The team recalled right-hander P.J. Walters from Triple-A Memphis to take his place on the roster.

10:21 AM: Brad Penny slugged his first career grand slam on Friday night, off Joel Pineiro no less, but was forced to leave the game after just three innings due to a strained muscle in the right side of his back. He told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he felt a twinge in the muscle after his last start, but did not disclose the injury to the team.

“I don’t think (Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan) were aware of it,” Penny
said. “It was something I was trying to deal with between starts. If it
was my shoulder, I’d be a lot more worried. … I could feel it when I
reached back for something. I was hoping there wouldn’t be a problem.
But there was something.”

I’m not going to act like this is a problem exclusive to the Cardinals, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote the following on his Twitter feed:

Strong sense Penny isn’t the only player not
disclosing condition to med/training staff. Either that, or club is
playing loose with truth.

If you recall, this isn’t the first time this season that a Cardinals
player has failed to disclose an injury to the team. Felipe Lopez didn’t tell the team about the discomfort in his elbow until
after he threw 21 pitches in the 20-inning marathon game against the
Mets on April 17. He just returned from the disabled list on Monday.

Penny is slated to undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine whether he will require a trip to the disabled list.

  1. Old Gator - May 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I love to watch these faux-macho athletes tough-guy themselves right out of a career by playing the hero playing hurt. No, don’t tell the team doc. Pitch with that little tiny nick in your labrum until your entire shoulder comes apart. Play with that little muscle strain till it’s a tear requiring surgery. Don’t let the bastards see you cry, and all that other bullshit. Being tough is a funny kind of ambiguous: deal with it immediately and you’re wussy, it’s fully admirable to suffer in silence until it cripples you, and then you were an idiot for not having said something about it in the first place. Sheesh. What a culture we live in; we’ve found ways to institutionalize stupidity about which the greatest philosophers never even dreamed.

  2. Judi - May 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    And because of Penny’s injury my daughter’s boyfriend’s brother gets called up to the show :) Good luck, PJ!

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