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Marlins calling up Brad Penny to start tonight against the Reds

Aug 9, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this week that the Marlins were thinking about calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny to fill the rotation spot of 23-year-old Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment and swapped to the Cubs. The speculation is now confirmed, as the team has announced that Penny will start tonight against the Reds.

Penny signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June before posting a 3.05 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings across five starts between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He hasn’t pitched in majors since 2012 as a member of the Giants, when he put up an ugly 6.11 ERA over 22 relief appearances. However, the Marlins are hopeful there’s still something left in the tank.

Penny made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2000 and compiled a 48-42 record and a 4.04 ERA before being dealt to the Dodgers almost exactly 10 years ago.

  1. tfilarski - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    good thing they got rid of Jacob Turner for this move!! lol lol lol lol

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Careful, laugh too hard and you’ll fracture that thingamajiggy at the end of your floating ribs like McCutcheon did….yeah, this is priceless. I always find myself rooting for the comeback attempter so I have to pull for Penny now, but you know how these things go: it’s either a flameout from pitch number one, or the hoary hero triumphs unexpectedly his first time out, running on piss and vinegar and the indulgence of the Ancient Old Ones (didn’t anyone tell you that the baseball gods are part of the Cthulhu pantheon?), and then, after getting smacked around in a miasma of mediocrity or worse, the hero fades unheralded from the memories of men to be memorialized in plant pigment cave paintings and old statistical caches somewhere in the matrix. Thus shall it ever be for the comebackers:

      See, they return; ah, see the tentative
      Movements, and the slow feet,
      The trouble in the pace and the uncertain
      Wavering!

      See, they return, one, and by one, 5
      With fear, as half-awakened;
      As if the snow should hesitate
      And murmur in the wind,
      and half turn back;
      These were the “Wing’d-with-Awe,” 10
      inviolable.

      Gods of that wingèd shoe!
      With them the silver hounds,
      sniffing the trace of air!

      Haie! Haie!
      These were the swift to harry;
      These the keen-scented;
      These were the souls of blood.

      Slow on the leash,
      pallid the leash-men!

      Ezra Pound

  2. jfk69 - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    “He’s like a bad penny, he always turns up.”

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      He”s got nothing on the Hanster’s accursed .362 amulet.

  3. drewzducks - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Well he does somewhat resemble Biff Tannen.

  4. contraryguy - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Just another pitcher whose walkup music should be the theme from Sanford &Son. Off the junk pile for one start, and then…?

  5. tuberippin - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Really should have been done after the year when he was on the Cardinals and went on the DL for a couple of months after injuring his back hitting a grand slam.

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