Orioles: Penn on Penn
Hayden Penn isn't complaining about the bad luck he's had over the past few years. Maybe it's part of the growth process, but he is choosing to look at the bigger picture as he prepares for what might be his last, best chance to stick in the major leagues.
It seemed like there was some great cosmic force making sure he didn't get back last year. He was right on the verge of being called up when he was injured by a flying bat shard, then came up with a sore shoulder. Just two more frustrating incidents in a star-crossed career that has reached a crossroads, now that he's out of options.
"I think everything happens for a reason,'' he said today. "I got called up early and got an opportunity, so I guess things even out. It's just part of baseball. Things happen. As weird as it seemed at the time, things happen to a lot of people. Not just me."
So, he's hoping the antidote to his bad run of luck is focus and hard work this spring. He's a candidate for both the rotation and the bullpen, so the opportunity is there for the taking, and the organization clearly wants him to succeed.
"It's coming out here and working my butt off every day,'' he said. "Don't give them or anybody else a reason to hold you back. Come here and leave no doubt for anybody."
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