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Brad Penny punched a wall, got released by the Royals

Mar 7, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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Brad Penny‘s comeback attempt didn’t last very long, as the Royals just released the 35-year-old right-hander.

Penny didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season and hasn’t been effective since 2010, when he made nine good starts before getting hurt. Since then he has a 5.41 ERA in 210 innings and Penny got knocked around in a couple outings this spring.

He was in Royals camp on a minor-league contract.

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Penny injured his non-throwing hand by punching a wall Thursday, which may have hastened his release from the Royals.

  1. nsstlfan - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Wasn’t his nine starts with the Cardinals that year?

  2. karlkolchak - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Always remember, son: a Penny released is a Penny spurned…or something.

  3. steveohho - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    There is not a dimes worth a difference between him and the replacement. There is a risk of being penny wise and pound foolish with the move. However, this change makes sense.

  4. mrjameshogg - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    This is something like the end of the steroids era … not with a bang but a wimper

  5. binarymath - Mar 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    My guess is that he will show up someplace, because as we all know “a b(r)ad penny keeps turning up”…

  6. kyleshabram - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    All these penny jokes are terrible! When will you guys ever change?!?

  7. musketmaniac - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    obviously there was no luck in picking that penny up, Face down

  8. wallyruss58 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    A Penney for your thoughts

  9. jrs45 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Tigers suck!

  10. natsattack - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    A nickel ain’t worth a Penny anymore.

  11. philliesblow - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Crash Davis: Did you hit the wall with your right hand or did you hit it with your left?
    Brad Penny: Huh?
    Crash Davis: Did you hit the wall with your right hand or did you hit it with your LEFT?
    Brad Penny: My left.
    Crash Davis: Good! That’s good; when you get in a fight with a wall you don’t hit it with your pitching hand. God, I can’t keep giving you these free lessons so quit screwin’ around and patch that hole.

  12. aintthenazz - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    This move makes no cents!

  13. zdravit - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Too much fire and enthusiasm for that team of gentlemen.

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