Activated from his second stint on the disabled list Wednesday and made available to pitch out of the bullpen, Brad Penny said he wants to start again this year and that he is "absolutely" certain that he can regain the form that made him an All-Star in each of the last two seasons.Hmmmm, let's see, when he went down in June, his ERA was gigantic and his team was 5.5. games out. In his absence, the Dodgers climbed back to within a half game of first. Then he came back again, stunk again and got hurt, and since he's been gone, L.A. has roared back to first place and now looks to be the favorites going away.
"I know who I am as a pitcher," said Penny, who was 6-9 with a 6.05 earned-run average in 17 starts.
Anything else from the appellant before he rests his case?
Limited to two starts in the last 11 weeks, Penny said he had regrets about decisions he made this season. "The one thing that bothers me is that I should've said something," Penny said of the shoulder problems that he claims hindered him for most of the season.So, you suck, the team has thrived without you, and you now admit that you weren't forthcoming with the training staff and management due to financial considerations. Thanks, Brad. We will consider your application to be a starting pitcher for the 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers and we will be back to you with our answer shortly.
Penny said he kept quiet because he felt he had to continue pitching to secure a contract for next season. He has a $9.25-million option for 2009 that the Dodgers can buy out for $2 million. "That's why I was out there trying to push myself -- because I didn't have a guaranteed job next year," he said.