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March 28, 2009

Orioles: Penn still in it

It appears that Hayden Penn will get one more chance to prove he belongs in the starting rotation. Manager Dave Trembley said today that he's thinking of sending Mark Hendrickson to pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday or Wednesay, which would leave open the Tuesday slot for Penn, who last started on Thursday.

If you look beyond that, Penn could actually be fighting for the fourth slot in the rotation, since his next time on four days would be Sunday and the following turn would be Friday, April 10. There is no game next Sunday, however, so if that is the plan he might have to stay back and pitch in a minor league situation.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 11:20 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Just baseball


Pretty sad pete when they have to keep giving a guy a chance that hasn't proven one thing ever .


I know you joke about taking a day off or your fine dietary habits with the Ice cream cakes and such, but to be honest, I don't envy you one bit. I love well played and good sports of all kind with the operative words be well played and good! This is going to be a really long summer as it recently has been in the later part of the Spring. I do hope the Sun is providing you with some hazardous duty pay premium for being forced to tolerate such an inferior product on a day to day basis! Like most fans, I would just like to see the O's being somewhat competitive and in most games through 7 innings at this point, but unfortunately with the likes of Penn, Hendrickson, Walker, Pie, Freel occupying 5 precious spots on the roster being even enjoyable to watch seems unthinkable.

Pete's reply: I appreciate the thought, but it's still baseball and I can't complain about getting paid to watch a sport I've loved as long as I can remember. It's going to be ugly at times, but I can see a little light out there. I think you'll see Wieters pretty quick and Tillman at midseason.

Penn's case would be stronger if he did not pitch like an old woman. Scottie McGregor is a bad influence on these guys, just throw strikes and get everybody home from the park at a decent hour.

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