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Cardinals' Brad Penny out at least another month

Jun 6, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

penny throwing big.jpgThe Cardinals have finally established a timetable for Brad Penny’s return from a lat strain, and it’s not exactly great news.  According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the veteran starter is expected to miss at least the next four-to-six weeks.

Penny was placed on the 15-day disabled list back in late May after opening the season with an impressive 3.23 ERA, 35/9 K/BB ratio and 1.29 WHIP through his first nine starts in a Cardinals uniform.  P.J. Walters and Adam Ottavino have done well in his absence, but that probably won’t last long.  And it appears that Kyle Lohse could be out all year.

Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and rookie lefty Jaime Garcia have been spectacular through the first two months of the regular season and the Cards have the luxury of playing in one of baseball’s weaker divisions.  But the Reds are right on their tail and now have a healthy Joey Votto.  Things should be interesting for at least the next month in the National League Central.

  1. a Fan in New Haven - Jun 6, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Drew,
    I wonder if you have personal info on Penny or if it all originates from the cited article. I read the article as suggesting that his total time line would be more accurately guessed at 4-6 weeks rather than the optimistic 3 weeks some had expressed early on. In that case, he’s out “at least” two more weeks and could be out up to a month. As a card’s fan, I obviously prefer my take on the article…

  2. nckdmss - Jun 6, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    The cited article is, at best, ambiguous with regard to the start date of the 4-6 week timetable. Many have reported this information to mean that Penny will be out an additional 4-6 weeks, instead of 4-6 weeks from the date of his injury. The report, when taken in context with the rest of the article, seems to indicate the latter is the proper reading.
    The ambiguity stems from the author’s use of “is.” “A club source indicated a more accurate time frame for Penny’s return is four to six weeks.” Earlier, the author quoted La Russa indicating that it would be “‘fortunate’ if Penny were to pitch during the home stand beginning June 14.” For those who don’t know, the 14th is just over 1 week away.
    Based on La Russa’s statement, we should expect Penny to return to the mound 4-6 weeks from the date of his injury – NOT 4-6 weeks from the date of the article.

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